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New Crossing in Corpach opened by Fort William Primary School Pupil10 May 2019


Six year old Katie MacSween was invited to open the new pedestrian crossing across the A830 - thanking BEAR Scotland for ‘fixing the road and making it safe for her’ 


A six-year-old primary school pupil from Fort William had the honour of cutting the ribbon to officially open a new puffin crossing in Corpach today (10 May), after being invited by trunk road operator, BEAR Scotland, to mark the occasion. 

The honour comes after Katie MacSween, a pupil at Banavie Primary School, showed great interest in the works, which started earlier this year and saw the BEAR Scotland team install a new puffin crossing to improve pedestrian safety on the A830. 

Katie waved to the workforce each day on her way to and from school. When the project was nearing completion she handed pictures and thank you notes to those carrying out the work to express her gratitude ‘for fixing the road and making it safe for her’. The pictures and notes now take pride of place in the BEAR Scotland Corpach Depot.

The BEAR Scotland team tracked Katie down through her school to thank her for her kind words and to invite her to officially open the crossing.

Katie’s mum, Emma MacSween, said: “Katie decided she wanted to do something nice for the workmen working on the road outside the Corpach Co-operative store and so a few weeks ago she drew a whole load of pictures and wrote a letter on each one thanking them for fixing the road and making it safe for her. On her way to school one morning she handed these out to those doing the work.  

“Fast forward a few weeks and Katie was asked into her head teacher’s office and found out that the BEAR Scotland team had been trying to track her down so that they could thank her and, better still, invite her to officially open the new crossing. She was absolutely ecstatic!   It’s such a nice feeling to know your daughter has managed to brighten up people’s days!”

Katie herself said: “I really enjoyed watching the new crossing getting built and enjoyed cutting the ribbon today. I can’t wait to tell all my friends about it!” 

As well as getting a chance to cut the ribbon today to mark the opening, Katie also received a polar bear teddy from the BEAR Scotland team.

Duncan Crilley, Operations Supervisor at BEAR Scotland, said: “Our teams are so used to doing works every day that will benefit the local area but we rarely get individual and heartfelt thanks in the way Katie did. It really made everyone’s day to receive such a thoughtful package of thank you notes and pictures. We were delighted that she could join us to officially open the crossing today.” 

The new signalised puffin crossing which replaced the existing uncontrolled crossing point near the Co-operative, allowing pedestrians to safely cross the A830, is part of a wider £2 million investment programme by Transport Scotland in 2018/ 2019 aimed at removing barriers to accessibility across the Scottish trunk road network.

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