Primrose Bay catch-fencing work begins

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Forest Enterprise Scotland is to begin erecting temporary catch-fencing at Primrose Bay, one mile north of Alt Sigh on the A82 ahead of the latest phase of steep ground felling operations.

The installation of the 600m long & 3m high catch fence (also known as a rock-fall barrier) by local Ballachulish contractor, Georope, is set to begin on Monday 15 February and is anticipated to be finished by late March.

Harvesting operations are due to commence later in 2016.

Alex Macleod, who is managing the A82 Project for Forest Enterprise Scotland, said;

“The closures of the A82 in March and December were the result of nearby rock-falls and both incidents highlighted the risks we’re dealing with and illustrated the essential nature of the fencing and of the felling operations.

“This is especially relevant because the section of hillside at Primrose Bay is one of the steepest areas that we have worked on so far. 

“Installation of the catch fencing will provide additional protection to the A82 when the tree felling begins later in the year but we’re putting in the catch-fencing now whilst road use is still relatively light compared to the spring and summer months. 

“Traffic management will be required throughout the works in the form of a lane closure Monday to Friday and we’ll make the most of the limited daylight hours at this time of the year. We will remove the traffic lights at the end of each working day.

"We expect the traffic management for this work to be less disruptive compared to our harvesting operations but we apologise for any  inconvenience caused to local communities and road users."

Geo-technical contractors, Georope, have already delivered extensive slope stability work under the A82 Project at Glen Righ near Corran Ferry.

A Transport Scotland spokesperson said;

“We continue to work closely  with Forestry Enterprise Scotland on the steep ground harvesting project along the A82,  to help them plan and carry out their works safely, and with as little disruption to trunk road traffic as possible.

“The planned netting works are important to help protect the road users when works on the slope above A82 begin later in the year.”

The Commission’s project team is continuing to clear the windblown trees from the A82 Loch Lochy site, and hopes to have this completed by April.

The Loch Lochy site has been badly hit by storms over recent winters resulting in substantial damage to the hillside forest immediately above the A82 and the loch.

Up to date information on traffic management measures will be available from Traffic Scotland as and when 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.