Timber transport

We work with the timber industry, the Forestry Commision and local businesses to ensure that any timber being transported on our roads is done according to agreed principles and protocols.

Agreed routes map

The Agreed Routes Map is the primary working document for use by all interested parties to indicate the status of the majority of public roads and their capacity to sustain standard fully loaded haulage vehicles. The map is configured to indicate Agreed Routes as well as other routes designated in order of capacity as “Consultation Routes”, “Severely Restricted Routes” and “Excluded Routes” for the purposes of indicating the likelihood that any haulage operation will require mitigation to avoid damage to the network in excess of that considered sustainable. 

The ARM is a live document and will be amended on a regular basis as in-forest routes and changes in the condition of the public network dictate.  We would be grateful for any comments or suggestions you have regarding any of the routes indicated.

Argyll Timber Transport Group

The Argyll Timber Transport Group (ATTG) is a voluntary body supported by the timber industry, Forestry Commission and Local Authority as a means of minimising problems arising from timber haulage on public roads. Agreements are made in a spirit of co-operation to sustain the network to allow access by the majority of users.  The role of the ATTG has become particularly significant recently following extensive freeze/thaw damage suffered to the local road network as a result of two severe winters, which has highlighted the fragility of the roads and the need for timber traffic management to sustain the roads essential for access by the wider community.  The ATTG has championed best practise and the use of technology such as central tyre inflation (CTI) which has resulted in local hauliers making considerable investments to their fleet with a view to sustaining the local road network. 

Protocols and Guidance

Protocols have been established to set out the procedures for notifying the Local Authority of the intent to harvest timber and transport to market over public roads and agreeing sustainable levels of haulage and monitoring of conditions whilst operations are underway.  Where necessary a Timber Transport Management Plan will be produced well in advance so that the owner, purchaser, harvester and haulier are all aware of the requirement to manage haulage movements in a network sustainable manner and the effect on the economics of the exercise.

Guidance notes for Timber Industry Operations on or adjacent to public roads

ATTG Protocol for Timber Haulage in Argyll and Bute

Protocol for Timber Transport Operations (Appendix 1)

Forestry access from public roads - design guidelines

Felling licences

You will need to apply for felling licence from the Forestry Commission before you can cut down trees in our forests. You can apply for a licence using this link to the Forestry Commission website.

Timber Transport Management Plans (TTMP's)