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Consultation launched ahead of plans to carry out £150,000 overnight surfacing improvements in Oban04 Oct 2019

Project provisionally planned for two weeks from Sunday 3 November, 8pm-6am


A public consultation has been launched ahead of a project to upgrade a stretch of George Street in Oban which is provisionally planned to get underway in November.

The £150,000 project will see the 340m stretch of carriageway resurfaced to create a smoother and safer journey for road users, along with various iron-covers replaced to reduce any noise from passing vehicles.   

The project is provisionally programmed for construction overnight between Sunday 3 November to Friday 15 November, between 8pm and 6am each night.  Teams also intend to carry out improvements from 9.30pm on Tuesday 5 November to minimise disruption for attendees during Bonfire Night festivities.  No works will be carried out overnight on Friday 8 November or Saturday 9 November to avoid impacting on road users during the busy weekend period.

Due to the busy nature of this section of the road and the network restrictions through Oban, the project has to take place overnight.  While the traffic management details have yet to be finalised, the A85 is expected to remain open throughout the project with a convoy system in place to protect roadworkers as well as motorists during the improvements.  During the project there will be various access restrictions to side streets that adjoin George Street. There will also be parking restrictions in place throughout the work along George Street and Corran Esplanade. Exact details of these restrictions will be published nearer the time once the programme has been finalised.

Efforts will be made to ensure any noise is kept to a minimum throughout the project, with the nosiest operations (such as removing the worn-out road surface) taking place before 11pm each night.  

BEAR Scotland has reached out to local businesses, residents and other key stakeholders to inform them of the project and to invite their feedback on the proposals.  All feedback will be considered along with Transport Scotland before any final decision is made.  

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “We’ve launched a consultation ahead of plans to upgrade the road surface on the A85 at George Street and we’re inviting stakeholders to give us their thoughts before we commit to any final programme.

“The road surfacing project is essential to upgrade the carriageway, however we want to assure residents and business owners that we will be doing everything possible to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum during this project.  

“Our proposals have been planned to take place out with the busier summer months and before the cold winter weather sets in, however we’re also avoiding the busier Friday and Saturday nights and will start improvements later in the evening on Bonfire Night to avoid impacting road users.

“Once a final programme has been confirmed we’ll reach out to stakeholders again to inform them of the final details.”

Feedback on the proposed £150,000 improvement project for the A85 George Street in Oban can be shared via email to by 5pm on Friday 11 October.  

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