A leading Highland MSP has again urged the Scottish Government to upgrade the “sub-standard” A82 around the Fort William area.
Today (22 March) in the Scottish Parliament chamber, Kate Forbes MSP highlighted the need for improvement to the west coast trunk road as MSPs discussed Scotland’s major infrastructure projects.
The MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch also welcomed Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Keith Brown’s announcement that the A9 dualling plans from Perth to Inverness are on track.
Kate Forbes MSP said: “It was good to get an update from the Scottish Government on the A9 dualling programme.
“The first stage has been completed between Kincraig and Dalraddy and I understand that the next section will be awarded in the next few months.
“The programme of works gives me confidence that the works are on track. The quicker the A9 is dualled the better.
“Whilst, of course, dualling makes it more convenient for drivers, the most important thing is that it makes the road is safer.
“Safety is paramount and that is why it is so disappointing that it has taken decades before any Government decided to invest in the A9.”
The Highland MSP added: “I also pressed the Government on the A82, because it is an equally important artery to the Highlands.
“Serving so much of the west coast, the road is seriously sub-standard in places.
“The Scottish Government announced earlier last year that it would fund a wider stretch by Loch Lomondside to the tune of over £300million.
“That is welcome, but whilst it takes some time to get that project off the ground, I continue to press the Scottish Government to invest in the A82, particularly through Fort William.”