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From : 5th May 2020

To : 26th June 2020

Posted : 1st May 2020


Strict physical distancing protocols in place to protect teams

Work due to begin Tuesday 5 May


Essential repairs to a damaged section of embankment on the A86 above the Glasgow to Fort William rail line at Glenspean is due to take place from Tuesday next week.

The repairs are essential to address a significant washout of the embankment supporting the A86 at Glenspean.  As a result of this washout, the existing safety barrier foundations along the edge of the carriageway have been undermined and exposed, and repairs are now required to stabilise the embankment and reinstall the safety barriers to ensure the road remains safe for motorists.  

The site is located above the Glasgow to Fort William railway line which is why efforts to stabilise the embankment are essential to ensure the route remains unaffected.

Temporary traffic signals are currently in place on the route as a precaution to protect road users on this section of the A86.  

Strict physical distancing protocols are in place to ensure all site personnel remain safe once the project gets underway.  

The project is set to begin on Tuesday 5 May and will take up to seven weeks to complete.  Teams will first stabilise the embankment by installing new retaining elements and soil nails to ensure the embankment remains structurally safe.  Teams will then replace the existing safety barrier and upgrade the drainage system on this section of the A86.  

To ensure road users are kept safe and to allow a safe working area for teams, temporary traffic lights will be in use continually throughout the project until the slope is stabilised and the safety barrier is installed.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “At this difficult time the safety of our employees and our supply chain remains a top priority during this essential project, and all personnel will be subject to strict physical distancing protocols in line with Government guidance to ensure they are kept safe.  Thorough risk assessments have been developed and cleansing stations will be implemented on site to ensure all staff remain safe.

“It is essential this work is completed urgently as if the embankment is left unaddressed the carriageway could be undermined further with more material being washed out, leading to a potential destabilisation of the A86 at this section.  We also want to make sure that repairs are completed to ensure that there is no impact on the Glasgow – Fort William rail line which runs below the site.   

“As ever we’ll do all we can to ensure that this project is completed as quickly and as safely as possible.”

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