A82 Primrose Bay felling to resume

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Before and after: site contractors, Geo-rope have been removing some large boulders from the hillside ahead of felling works resuming next week.


Forest Enterprise Scotland will resume its steep ground felling programme along the A82 at Primrose Bay next week (4th September).

Tree felling work has been ongoing at Primrose Bay since November last year and, with breaks for the summer, Easter and Christmas holidays, is expected to be completed by the summer of 2018.

When felling is completed, further work will be carried out on the cleared slopes to ensure their stability.

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

“The felling operation has been going well so far even though the size of the trees and the steepness of the slope have presented us with quite a challenge.

“Some of the trees weigh nearly 10 tonnes, making them easily some of the biggest we’ve had to deal with so far. Given the size of the trees our contractor has recently upgraded his skyline winch, which at nearly 50 tonnes in weight makes it the largest in the UK.

“Traffic management will also resume below the site and will be in effect from Monday to Friday 07.30 – 17.30 to ensure the safety of road users during felling; this will include short periods of road closure in both directions of up to 10min.

“Additional traffic management will also return to Alt Sigh itself on Mondays to help timber lorries move safely in and out of the forest entrance. This worked well before the summer break and we don’t expect that this will cause any significant disruption. However, we will continue to monitor our traffic management arrangements on a regular basis to ensure that any inconvenience is kept to a minimum.

“We would also like to once again thank road users and the local communities for their on-going understanding and support  and would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience that the resumption of our  works might cause .”

Together with our partners Transport Scotland and BEAR Scotland, we will do what we can 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 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. 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.