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Calls are being made for pothole repairs on Kingussie's Ruthven Bridge

By Tom Ramage

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A whole lot of potholes on Ruthven Bridge last week.
A whole lot of potholes on Ruthven Bridge last week.

Community leaders are pressing Highland Council to carry out repairs to a crossing in Badenoch over the River Spey.

After a festive truce, demands for action are being revived by motorists.

Among them are elected Cairngorms National Park Authority board member Deidre Falconer and Kingussie businessman Ruaridh Ormiston.

They are demanding action be taken to improve surface conditions on Highland Council’s local road network – especially on the Ruthven Bridge on the outskirts of Kingussie which has markedly deteriorated.

A council spokesperson said: “We can confirm that general pothole maintenance and emergency repairs are ongoing throughout the winter.

“At Ruthven Bridge, the resurfacing solution is being designed by our structures team.

"Meantime emergency pothole repairs will continue on an ongoing basis as required and temporary warning signage will remain in place.

“It’s very important to know how to report damage to Highland Council-maintained roads and pavements including potholes.

“This can be done by using the online forms on the council’s website at www.highland.gov.uk/report.”

Local Highland councillor Bill Lobban recently said there had been a substantial increase in funding this past year to improve the worst roads but the network had suffered from years of neglect.

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