Transport Scotland looking at A82 improvements

A plan to build a new link road through one of Scotland’s most congested towns is being considered to help alleviate traffic problems on major tourist routes.

The Herald newspaper reports that Transport Scotland is looking at proposals to ease pressure on the A82 in Fort William by creating a diversion away from the town centre.

The report says congestion in the peak tourist season is said to be “particularly problematic” with long delays for southbound traffic on the A82 and the A830 ‘road to the isles’ with vehicles sitting in queues of over an hour on a regular basis.

The Herald says Highland Council says the plan had been an “aspiration” for a number of years and welcomed its inclusion in new Scotland-wide transport strategy, adding that an A82 bypass is ”urgently needed” as well as a new link road.

Transport Scotland said the plan would involve improvements to the A82 or a separate route which would also improve access for sustainable transport and “enhance the sense of place in the local community”.

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