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From : 23rd September 2019

To : 25th November 2019

Posted : 18th September 2019


New £130,000 upgrade announced for Ballachulish Steps to James Stewart Memorial

·         Works set to begin on Monday 23 September for up to nine weeks


·         Project will see the steps, handrails and lighting refurbished


A new £130,000 project to upgrade the stairway that links the A828, A82 and the James Stewart Memorial at Ballachulish is set to get underway next week.

The memorial forms part of the ‘Last Clansman Trail’ which is popular with tourists visiting the Ballachulish area.  The £130,000 project will upgrade access to the monument from the A828 and A82, allowing pedestrians to safely view the memorial which overlooks Ballachulish Bridge and Loch Leven. 

The project involves repairing the existing Ballachulish slate steps and installing new anti-slip edges.  The existing fencing with handrail will be replaced with a new and upgraded handrail unit on both sides of the stairway.  A new lighting system will be installed as well as landscaping work carried out to remove overhanging trees and cut-back overgrown vegetation.  Once complete, the refurbishment will improve safety and accessibility for all users of the access steps. 

The improvement works are set to begin on Monday 23 September and will take up to nine weeks to complete.

For safety, temporary traffic lights will be in place on the A828 for the first five days of work while teams complete the vegetation clearance.  The stairway to the monument will remain open during the first week of the project, however once landscaping work is complete the stairway from the A828 and the A82 will be closed for safety while teams carry out the refurbishment works.   To assist pedestrians when the stairs are closed, a shuttle bus service will be provided from 6am until midnight as required to enable passengers to safely traverse between the A82 and A828.  

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “We’re pleased to begin the £130,000 upgrade for the Ballachulish Steps between the A82, A828 and the popular James Stewart memorial, which will improve the condition and promote safer access for the local community as well as visitors.

“We’ve carried out a pedestrian survey which has highlighted that the steps are used regularly from 6am to midnight, and therefore we are offering a free shuttle service when required while the steps are closed for upgrades as an alternative.

“We thank the local community in advance while we complete this project and hope they will be pleased with the results.”

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