Pulpit Rock construction continues

The contractor worked closely with the police and with the trunk road operating company to minimise disruption for road users and assist with the recovery of the vehicle. As a consequence, work for the night was cancelled at Pulpit Rock and all machinery had to be removed from the road.

Although the works were cut short by one night, the contractor had undertaken significant preparation work in the preceding nights to allow a pile concreting operation to take place on the night of the accident. This preparation work will now have to be repeated, and the works re-sequenced as a result.

To allow works to continue on schedule, and having consulted with the emergency services and Argyll & Bute Council, Transport Scotland has agreed to allow the Contractor to extend the overnight road closures programme by an additional five nights between Thursday 21 November and Monday 25 November. The road will reopen each day at 6am and close at 10pm each night during the works.

Dominic Murphy, Transport Scotland project manager explained:

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank local communities and road users for their continued understanding and patience. However, due to unforeseen circumstances, we need to extend overnight road closures by five additional nights.

“Whilst the closures are unfortunate, we have a commitment to assist the emergency services in instances like this and we will continue to work with the Contractor to ensure any inconvenience to road users is kept to a minimum.”

The closures will be put in place for the safety of road users and road workers, the A82 will be closed at Pulpit Rock, south of Ardlui, between 10pm and 6am each night. The A82 will remain open on either side of the closure. Diversion routes for through traffic are:

  • northbound via the A83 at Tarbet, A819 and A85
  • southbound via the A85 at Tyndrum, A819 and A83.

Drivers are advised to check www.trafficscotland.org for further information about these works and for real-time journey planning advice.

Notes to editors

For more information - http://www.transportscotland.gov.uk/road/projects/A82-Improvements/A82-Pulpit-Rock

  1. Transport Scotland is the Scottish Government’s national transport agency responsible for; aviation, bus, freight and taxi policy; coordinating the National Transport Strategy for Scotland; ferries, ports and harbours; impartial travel services; liaising with regional transport partnerships, including monitoring of funding; local roads policy; major public transport projects; national concessionary travel schemes; rail and trunk road networks; sustainable transport, road safety and accessibility; the Blue Badge Scheme. Transport Scotland is an Executive agency accountable to Scottish Ministers. http://www.transportscotland.gov.uk/
  2. Information including dates for future overnight closures and the full closure will begin to be publicised in advance as far as possible, using the Transport Scotland website, Traffic Scotland, variable message signs and newspaper adverts.
  3. The proposed dates for future night time closures remain as:
  • A full closure of less than 1 week in January 2014
  • Less than 1 week in March 2014
  • 1 week in April 2014 & 1 week in May 2014

4. The £9.2m construction contract was awarded to McLaughlin & Harvey in February 2013 and is scheduled for completion in Spring

Published 19 Nov 2013