A82 Primrose Bay felling plans over holidays

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Forest Enterprise Scotland’s steep ground felling works at Primrose Bay (Alt Sigh) on the A82 will resume again on Thurs 5th Jan after a 2 week shut down for the Christmas and New Year holiday period.

However, when work resumes in the New Year, work will also be carried out  every second Saturday.

Alex Macleod, who is managing the A82 Project for FES, said;

“Our tree felling operations on the A82 at Primrose Bay have been underway now for around6 weeks now  with both the tree felling and associated traffic management operations progressing well”

“Although ops are going as planned we recently had a large Douglas Fir tree slide some 200m down the hill towards the A82 after felling.

“Whilst we expect incidents like these to occur there was no danger to the public as the traffic had been stopped under a short “Red to Red” closure but it has highlighted how essential the traffic management is

“We have yet to haul any timber out of the forest via Alt Sigh but we expect to do so fairly soon.”

When work resumes after the Christmas and New Year break the timber haulage will take place during the working week. However this will restrict the time available for felling, so to ensure that operations stay on schedule, felling will also take place every second Saturday. 

Alex added;

“To ensure public safety - “red to red” traffic management will also be in place at Primrose Bay on those Saturdays we work

“We will continue to keep delays short - up to 10 mins - and we apologise in advance for any inconvenience that this might cause.”

Forest Enterprise Scotland and partners Transport Scotland and BEAR Scotland, will everything possible to minimise disruption and prevent any build-up of traffic queues.

There is more information online about the A82 Steep Ground Felling works, and up to date information on traffic management measures will be available on the Traffic Scotland web site as and when they are required.

Notes to editors

  1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate.
  2. Forest Enterprise Scotland is an agency of Forestry Commission Scotland and manages the National Forest Estate on behalf of Scottish Ministers.
  3. Tha Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba na phàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh na h-Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba. Tha e an urra ri riaghladh agus cumail maoineachadh is comhairle ri coilltearachd ann an Alba. Tha Iomairt Choilltean na h-Alba na fo-bhuidheann aig Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba a tha a’ ruith Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta.
  4. Media enquiries to Paul Munro, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6507 / 07785 527590 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.