Rapid response to re-open A82 – but Commission warns of long road ahead

The A82 will be open for 6am on the morning of Monday 16 March, following completion of the work to deal with the immediate risks on the hillside site of the recent rock fall.

However, Forestry Commission Scotland has warned that there is more work to do on other parts of this section of hill. 

The netting, anchoring and catch fences installed over the last three days are a temporary measure designed to contain the immediate threat until such time as the team behind the Commission’s Steep Harvesting Programme can return to the site and make safe the greater part of the slope.

Alex McLeod, The Commission’s Steep Ground Programme Manager, said:

“The immediate issue has been dealt with and made safe. I would like to thank local residents and road users for their patience – and their ongoing support for our programme. I would especially like to thank and commend BEAR Scotland and Police Scotland for their assistance over these last few days. 

“Our geo-technical consultants, Geo-rope, have also put in an amazing effort. Not only did they very quickly re-deployed from another site to deal with this emergency but they also were able at very short notice to draw on significant resources to complete the job safely and on schedule.
“It has been a fantastic effort on a very challenging and dangerous job.”

“However, during a final inspection that included areas of the hillside higher up the slope, it was clear that there are other areas of concern.

“We were scheduled to come to this site in September but in light of recent events we will liaise with our Geo-technical contractors, and the consultant engineers from Mott McDonald, to review our operations plan.”

When the Commission’s team does return to work the site as part of the Steep Ground Programme, the whole area of hillside will be more comprehensively cleaned, scaled and secured for the longer term security and safety of the A82 and road users.

BEAR Scotland will formally declare the road open and up to date information on traffic management measures will be available on the Traffic Scotland website  or on Twitter: @trafficscotland

Notes to editors

  1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate.
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