The A82 is a vital artery for communities in the western Highlands and links Fort William, the Highlands and the Western Isles with Glasgow and the Central Belt.
However, many sections of the road date back to the 1920’s and the route is much narrower in places than it would be were it to be built today.
Transport Scotland is embarking on a programme of improvements to address a number of long-standing issues along the route, particularly where the road narrows and traffic is limited to one-way operation at Pulpit Rock.
The Strategic Transport Projects Review for the A82 identified a number of measures to reduce congestion and improve traffic flows along a number of sections of the A82.
Future improvements to the A82 are aimed at:
- Removing congestion and promoting free-flowing traffic
- Removing the use of traffic signals where appropriate
- Wherever possible, incorporate measures for users other than drivers
- Maintain the important national trunk road to the Highlands
- Mitigate the environmental impact
- Generate value for money for taxpayer