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A82 emu – that’s not usual

Pity WordPress deletes embedded BBC video.

Odd, as it shows it as being embedded and visible.watchable in preview mode, then it disappears when the post is saved/published.

So, not only odd, but very, very irritating.

You’ll have to follow the link to enjoy this one…

‘Road Runner’ emu filmed sprinting along A82

I spent a lot of my life driving the A82, but never saw anything as funny as this, so it earns a mention.

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18/04/2019 Posted by | Civilian, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

A82 Tarbet to Fort William upgrade survey announced

Contractor surveyorI can never make up my mind about the announcement of upgrades to Scotland’s roads, in particular where these lie in areas described as popular or attractive.

Part of the attraction is the existence of little roads that provide a sensational view, and are not huge intrusions on the land they pass through. However, it is also the case that many of Scotland’s roads are vital links, even though they pass through places. This means essential journey are being carried, for people who live and work in the area. It also means non-essential journeys occupy the same space (and one might argue that tourists are essential nowadays, with Scotland’s tourist trade being a growth industry). Trouble is, this means mixing people driving with a purpose along with distracted tourists, and it’s no fun trying to get between clients while sharing a road like the A82 with people more interested in the scenery than their driving. They aren’t paying attention, aren’t looking where they are going, and aren’t looking at their speed. I used to wonder what was wrong with some drivers I found myself stuck behind on this road, as their speed wandered from below 30 mph, to more than 60 mph – then I learned about… tourists!

I can (just) remember the A82 along Loch Lomondside in the days when it really did follow the edge of the loch, and it was glorious. In time, the narrowest and most convoluted section were all bypassed, and the road was made ‘better’. On the one hand necessary, on the other depressing, as much of the beauty was lost as the route moved inland.

After many years, it looks as if the rest of the A82, north of Tarbet (towards the northern end of Loch Lomond) is to be upgraded, with the announcement of the start of an engineering survey of the road leading to Fort William.

There doesn’t seem to be any indication of the overall time-scale yet, but it’s not going to come cheap, with the aforementioned survey costing some £500,000:

This vital work, worth half a million pounds, takes the first steps in designing an upgrade on the route that balances the needs of travellers with the environmental and engineering challenges of this spectacular area of Scotland.

First Minister Alex Salmond.

Level crossings

Coincidentally, another story appeared around the same time, this being about a call by the railway regulator for more than half of Scotland’s open level crossing to be fitted with barriers, and for those that could not be so modified to be closed, in order to make them safer. This followed a review which had been prompted by an accident in Caithness in 2009, where a number of members of the same family had died on such an open crossing.

It was noted that at the time of this review, Scotland had 23 open crossings, 21 of which were in the Highlands.

The regulator said more than half of these, including the site of the 2009 crash at Halkirk, posed a high risk to drivers and should be fitted with barriers.

31/07/2011 Posted by | Civilian, Transport | , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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