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Changes to overnight road closures on the A86 west of Laggan

By Gavin Musgrove

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The surfacing improvements on the A86 west of Kinlochlaggan have been put on hold with works set to resume this Sunday (May 15).

It means changes to the dates for overnight closures of the Newtonmore-Fort William road with traffic convoys being put in place generally on the hour.

The repairs west of Lochaber boundary had been due to be completed by 6am yesterday.

Overnight surfacing improvements were then due to be carried out on the A86 at Cillie Choiril for five nights.

But a Transport Scotland spokesperson said: "The forecast weather conditions has led to the works being re-organised with completion now envisaged by Thursday 19 May."

The programme of works is now scheduled as follows:

A86 west of Lochaber boundary – Sunday 15 May (one night)

Traffic management will remain the same as originally programmed, a full road closure will be implemented between 8pm and 6am to allow the works to be undertaken safely.

As there is no suitable diversion route available, amnesties (when work is suspended) will be provided at 9pm, 10pm, 11pm, midnight, 2am, and 4am each night. During these times vehicles will be safely escorted through the site under a 10mph convoy traffic management system.

Road users are encouraged to arrive in good time to ensure they are accommodated within the amnesty period.

A86 Cille Choiril – Monday 16 to Thursday 19 May (four nights)

Due to the narrow carriageway widths at this location, the A86 will be closed between 8pm and 6am to protect roadworkers and road users. As there is no suitable diversion route available, amnesties will be provided at 9pm, 10pm, 11pm, midnight, 2am, and 4am each night. A 10mph convoy traffic management system will again be in operation.

The spokesman said: "The A86 will be open during the daytime with a 30mph speed limit in place to ensure vehicles can safely pass through the works area on a temporary road surface, and emergency services will be able to pass through the works at all times.

"All relevant stakeholders have been informed of the programmed changes."

Real-time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland .org, twitter at @trafficscotland or via the mobile site my.trafficscotland.org.

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