John, the Scottish Green Party’s Transport spokesperson, has called for early action to improve Lochaber’s transport infrastructure.
Following a series of complaints from constituents about delays on the A82 in and out of Fort-William and the recent problems with the Corran Ferry, John has sought a meeting with Transport Minister Humza Yousaf to discuss much needed action.
Commenting John said:
“The Scottish Green Party is not opposed to spending on our roads, rather we support spending which maintains and improves the existing infrastructure not new motorways.
“The Scottish Government and all my Highland Parliamentary colleagues support £6 billion being spent on dualling the A9 and A96; £70m on a link road in Inverness to save motorists 12 seconds off their journey and £50 million for a flyover at the Kessock Bridge – huge sums than do nothing to assist Lochaber constituents spending 40 minutes getting in and out of the Fort or residents in Ardnamurchan forced to take a lengthy detour round the lochs.
“There is nothing new about the challenges of motorists being funnelled through the narrow corridor into Fort-William or the challenges faced by residents on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula so what’s required is changed priorities.
“I have no fixed view on the options to relieve either situation believing local folk can suggest the best solutions to both.
“Residents along the A82 are also suffering from dangerous levels of air pollution as a result of these hold-ups which also put unacceptable pressures on our emergency services trying to respond to calls.
“So, what’s needed is for the Scottish Government, with the open support of the other opposition parties, to bring an end to the vanity projects supposed to serve the Highland Capital and start properly maintaining and upgrading all the West Highland’s infrastructure.”