Council endorses A82 campaign

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25 Sep 2012 - 15:35

ARGYLL and Bute Council has signalled its support for the A82 Partnership’s Phase 2 campaign, which is lobbying for an upgrade of the lifeline route between Tarbet and Inverarnan.

The A82 Partnership has campaigned for a number of years for improvements to the A82. Members of the partnership include representatives from Argyll and Bute and Highland councils, Northern Constabulary, HITRANS and the local business community. The campaign counts among its successes the inclusion of the A82 into the Strategic Transport Project review and upgrades at a number of key points, including the Crianlarich and Pulpit Rock bypass programmes.

Members of Argyll and Bute Council met on Thursday 20 September and heard that the A82 Partnership had requested their support for the Phase 2 campaign. This seeks upgrade of the section of the road between Tarbet and Inverarnan. Councillors voted unanimously to endorse the campaign.

Lead councillor for roads and infrastructure John Semple said: “The condition of the A82 affects people across the West Highlands and Argyll. The focus of this campaign will have a considerable impact on the economy of Argyll and Bute. Now that Argyll and Bute Council has agreed to endorse the Phase 2 campaign, we can begin to make real progress. It is vital that our communities also give their support to this campaign through business associations and community councils.”