Scottish Transport Minister, Humza Yousaf has called for a summit to discuss the A82 in order to bring together the various groups that have an interest in the operation of the trunk road which links the central belt with the North West and the Western Isles.
There has been significant investment in the route in recent years with improvements including the £5 million Crianlarich Bypass and the £9.2 million Pulpit Rock realignment. Work is continuing on the design stages for the upgrading of the Tarbet to Inverarnan section, which will bring further improvements alongside Loch Lomond.
In addition, in the last ten years, £82m has been spent on maintenance on the A82, with more than £11m in the last financial year.
Transport Minister, Humza Yousaf said, “The A82 is a lifeline route for many and I know that some stakeholders and communities have concerns about the way it operates. This forum will allow all involved to get together and to have their say.
“The Scottish Government has made significant investments in improving the road in recent years with more to come, including the upgrading of the Tarbet to Inverarnan section. We also have maintenance schemes planned along the length of the route to repair the surface and improve safety.
“I have already had discussion with some of the groups involved such as A82 Partnership and the Lochaber Chamber of Commerce and the summit will seek to optimise engagement that Transport Scotland already has with stakeholders and key partners like Police Scotland and local authorities. With all of the key organisations around the table, I am looking forward to a constructive discussion about potential actions which can be taken forward for the A82.”
The meeting will take place in June.