STTS co-funds work near Skye’s Fairy Pools

Local residents at Carbost and Eynort on Skye - and visitors to the Fairy Pools - will find access easier thanks to road improvement works being funded by the Strategic Timber Transport Scheme.

Road at Glenbrittle

Improving both timber haulage and tourism access, the works on three minor public roads (C1236, C1237 and the B8009) also attracted funding from The Highland Council and from Forest Enterprise Scotland.

Derek Nelson, for Forestry Commission Scotland, which manages the funding, said;

"The impact on minor rural roads of high volumes of traffic is quite punishing. The works carried out will ease the impacts on all road users, including forestry traffic.

"The STTF funding will facilitate structural repairs along a total 8 mile stretch of roads but will also see other work done to improve visibility, extend passing places, improve drainage and erect marker posts to improve road delineation.

"Road users should see an appreciable difference."

Works have already been completed along a stretch of the C1236 (Eynort Road), and further works along stretches of the B8009 at Carbost and the C1237 Glenbrittle Road are underway and due to be completed by April.

As well as enabling 55,000 tonnes of timber to be extracted over the next 10 years, the works will facilitate easier movement of other traffic in this area.

The funding of £292, 472 came from the STTS (£159,461), The Highland Council (£88,011) and Forest Enterprise Scotland (£45,000).

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 the Forestry Commission 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 agus bidh e a’ toirt seachad comhairle air poileasaidhean coilltearachd agus air riaghladh. Tha Iomairt Choilltean na h-Alba na fo-bhuidheann aig Coimisean na Coilltearachd a tha a’ ruith Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta as leth Ministearan na h-Alba.
  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.