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

FORT WILLIAM PRIMARY SCHOOL PUPIL RECEIVES HONOUR OF OPENING NEW PUFFIN CROSSING IN CORPACH

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

FORT WILLIAM PRIMARY SCHOOL PUPIL RECEIVES HONOUR OF OPENING NEW PUFFIN CROSSING IN CORPACH

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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North East Connection May 2019 newsletter - out now!06 May 2019

North East Connection May 2019 newsletter - out now!

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North East Connection May 2019 newsletter - out now!06 May 2019

The latest issue of the North East Connections newsletter is out! In this issue you'll read all about the latest news from the North East Trunk Road Unit, including information about our winter service and an overview of some of the projects our teams have been working on so far this year.

To read a copy click here or download a copy via the link below.

To stay up to date with the latest news from the North East Unit follow us on twitter: @NETrunkRoads

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New Rock Slope Improvement Project Completed on A82 near Loch Ness 29 Apr 2019

£500,000 Rock Slope Improvement Project Completed on A82 at Wellington Layby

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New Rock Slope Improvement Project Completed on A82 near Loch Ness 29 Apr 2019

£500,000 Rock Slope Improvement Project Completed on A82 at Wellington Layby

 

A project to stabilise two sections of rock slope opposite Loch Ness at Wellington Layby on the A82, around seven miles north of Drumnadrochit, was completed last week.

The £500,000 project involved engineers carrying out extensive work to a stretch of the rock face above the A82 to help stabilise the slope and mitigate the risk of any material reaching the carriageway.

Teams worked to remove around 400 tonnes of rock from the face to scale back part of the slope, with specialists working from high ropes to install over 2,400 square metres of steel mesh over the new surface which is held in place by 320 anchors drilled into the new slope.  If the new anchors were laid end to end, they would reach over 1,200m in length.

 The project began in February with temporary traffic lights in place to protect road workers as well as motorists.  All traffic management has now been removed and the A82 reopened to both lanes. 

Commenting on the project, Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said:  “We’re pleased that the Rock Slope Improvement project at Wellington Layby is now complete, meaning that there are improved measures in place to mitigate against any rock falls reaching the A82.

“The teams have worked hard to complete this important project on time and to minimise the impact to road users throughout the work.

“We thank all road users and the local community for their patience while our teams successfully completed the project.”

Real time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org, twitter at @trafficscotland or the new mobile site my.trafficscotland.org.  

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North West Unit Road Improvements 2019 Programme Underway19 Apr 2019

North West Unit Road Improvements 2019 Programme Underway

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North West Unit Road Improvements 2019 Programme Underway19 Apr 2019

BEAR Scotland’s new programme of planned road improvement works across the 883 miles of trunk roads in the North West Unit is now available to view in an interactive map here

 Some 149 locations are set to be addressed in the £19M resurfacing programme  that is now underway across trunk roads in the North West of Scotland.  The programme outlines locations, dates, timings and expected traffic management plans for each project.

The programme also includes footway upgrades, barrier improvements, drainage installations and any other projects designed to upgrade or improve the trunk road network.   The projects will help ensure the safety and future serviceability of the network. 

Motorists and the local community should be assured that the BEAR Scotland team will strive to carry out the programme of road improvements as quickly and as safely as possible to minimise disruption, although the programme may be subject to change through our consultation process or due to weather.

To ensure the safety of both the workforce and road users some of the works will sometimes require road closures and diversions and steps will also be taken to ensure relevant consultations are carried out and the public are kept up to date regarding all developments. 

BEAR Scotland and Transport Scotland would like to thank local communities in advance for their patience and understanding throughout the implementation of these essential works.

To learn more about the 'freeze and thaw' cycle and its impact on road surfaces, visit our information page here. 

Should you require any further information about the proposed works, please do not hesitate to contact the team by email at NWConsultation@bearscotland.co.uk. 

 

If you would like to report a specific trunk road defect you can do so via Transport Scotland’s Freephone Customer Care number, 0800 028 1414 or through BEAR Scotland’s online report a defect portal.

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Volunteers help keep Kinnoull Hill tidy18 Apr 2019

Volunteers work together to clear over 30 bags of rubbish from picturesque Kinnoull Hill

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Volunteers help keep Kinnoull Hill tidy18 Apr 2019

Volunteers work together to clear over 30 bags of rubbish from picturesque Kinnoull Hill

 

Multiple groups of volunteers worked together to clear over 30 bags of rubbish across different areas of Kinnoull Hill in a bid to ‘spring clean’ the picturesque woodland park yesterday (Wednesday).

The litter-pick, led by the Kinnoull Hill Woodland Park Group, included volunteers from Perth Rotary Club, members of the public and volunteers from BEAR Scotland and Santander.  Litter-picking equipment was supplied by Perth and Kinross Council to help with the clear-up.  

Together a total of 34 volunteers worked throughout the day in sessions to help target different areas of the woodland park, helping to ‘spring clean’ sections most in need of attention.

Juice bottles, sandwich wrappers, coffee cups and even a Smith’s packet of crisps from the 1970s were tidied away during the day’s work, with over 30 bags of rubbish collected in total by the end of the sessions.

Iain Murray, BEAR Scotland’s Managing Director, said: “We’re pleased that we could help support the litter pick at Kinnoull Hill this week and get involved in the community in which we operate. 

“Taking care of the environment is very important to us, and hopefully our volunteers have helped to play a small role in keeping Kinnoull Hill tidy so it can be enjoyed by everyone who visits the area.”   

 

The Kinnoull Hill Woodland Park Group was established in 2001. The Group represents a wide range of users of the Park, from horse riders to orienteering groups, to walkers and cyclists.  Upcoming activities and regular information is provided on their Facebook page under ‘Kinnoull Hill Woodland Park Group’.  

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New North West Connections newsletter - out now!07 Feb 2019

New North West Connections newsletter out now

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New North West Connections newsletter - out now!07 Feb 2019

The latest issue of the North West Connections is out! In this issue you'll read all about the latest news from the North West Trunk Road Unit, including information about our winter service and read about our 24/7 control room celebrating its tenth anniversary. You can also read about the completion of our huge surfacing programme in the North West. 

To read a copy click here or download a copy via the link below.

To stay up to date with the latest news from the North West Unit follow u son twitter: @NWTrunkRoads

downloadNorth West Connections_BEAR Scotland Stakeholder Newsletter_February 2019.pdf

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