£1.5m to address road surface deterioration in North West Scotland

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More than £1.5 million will be spent on addressing the road surface deterioration of trunk roads in North West Scotland following the recent extreme weather.

The cash has been put up by Transport Scotland, but the resurfacing and repair work itself will be carried out by BEAR Scotland.

Road surface deterioration in North West Scotland has been accelerated due to the recent winter weather conditions with the freeze and thaw cycle weakening the carriageway.

Transport Scotland’s £1.5 million comes in addition to cash that had already been set aside to fund work already scheduled for 2018. It is hoped the work will address the weather-related road defects and ensure the lifeline trunk roads in the North West of Scotland are safe for road users for the foreseeable future.

A statement from Transport Scotland read: “In many instances, this will allow a more permanent solution to temporary pothole repairs that have been carried out at locations where the defects have been deemed most urgent.”

Repairs will initially focus on the A82, A83 and the A85, which have suffered road surface deterioration in a number of locations.

Acceleration of the works means that planning on matters such as designs, network availability, quarry location, timings and resource/programme conflicts are necessary.

All of the schemes are anticipated to begin work before May at the latest.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s north west representative, said: “The recent inclement weather has had a huge impact on road surfaces in many places causing them to break up. This programme will help us address the worst areas and we are also re-prioritising the works planned for Spring to ensure that these tackle the areas of most need.

“We appreciate that this will involve some disruption but we will endeavour to do everything possible to minimise it wherever possible. More detailed information will be issued on a scheme-by-scheme basis as this is finalised.”

Ben Robb, brand manager at Dieselink, added: “The recent bout of snow has inconvenienced many motorists across Scotland. We hope these works don’t cause further hassle.”