September 28, 2020


• Overnight road closures to remain in place for safety for further four nights, 10pm-6am

• Surfacing work rescheduled to take place from Monday 19 October

Please be advised that the ongoing essential maintenance work at Laggan Swing Bridge has been extended by a further four nights.

Inclement weather earlier in the project along with technical issues on site has meant a further four nights are required to complete the maintenance work required at the structure.

The overnight closures on the A82 Laggan Swing Bridge will continue for a further four nights, with work expecting to finish by 6am on Friday morning.

The road will be closed overnight from 10pm to 6am with amnesties at 12 midnight, 2am and 4am as before. Alternatively, a signed diversion route is available for road users via the A82, A9 and A86.
The Laggan Bridge resurfacing works have been rescheduled to begin on Monday 19 October for five nights. The road will remain open overnight during the project with a 10mph convoy system in place to protect road users and roadworkers.

Real-time journey information is available from road users on www.trafficscotland.org, twitter @trafficscotland or the new mobile site my.trafficscotland.org.

A830 Banavie Swing Bridge and A82 Laggan Swing Bridge

Work starts Monday 14 September for three weeks


An essential maintenance project for two swing bridges on the Caledonian Canal is set to get underway from next week.

The £260,000 project will allow essential maintenance work to take place on the A830 Banavie Swing Bridge near Corpach before moving to the A82 Laggan Swing Bridge. The project involves painting vital components on the end girders at both bridges, with deck waterproofing and surfacing work also taking place at Laggan Bridge. The essential work will ensure both bridges continue to operate safely for years to come.

The project is scheduled to take place as follows:

• A830 Banavie Swing Bridge – Monday 14 September to Friday 18 September – 11.15pm to 5am (five nights)

Overnight road closures will be in place during working hours as the bridge will be swung ‘open’ to allow for engineers to safely access the components on the ends of the structure, resulting in a full closure of the A830 at this location. As there is no suitable diversion route available, vehicles will be allowed to park in signed designated areas until the swing bridge reopens at 5am. Please note there will be no amnesty periods during this phase of the project. There will be a signed diversion route for pedestrians and cyclists over the canal locks. The A830 will be fully open outwith working hours.

• A82 Laggan Swing Bridge – Monday 21 September to Friday 25 September (five nights) – 10pm – 6am

Short two-hour closure periods will be in place on the A82 while the bridge is swung ‘open’ to allow engineers to safely access the components on the ends of the structure. Waiting traffic will be held until the bridge is swung back into position approximately every two hours when they will be escorted safely through the site. Alternatively, a signed diversion route is available via the A82, A9 and A86.

• A82 Laggan Swing Bridge – Monday 28 September to Friday 3 October (five nights) – 7pm – 7am

The second phase of work at Laggan Swing Bridge will involve waterproofing and surfacing work from Monday 28 September for five nights. The A82 will remain open during the second phase of work however temporary traffic lights will be in place for safety during overnight working hours to protect roadworkers as well as motorists.

The project is weather dependent and will be rescheduled if adverse weather conditions are forecast.

Consultation has been carried out with Emergency Services, The Highland Council, local businesses, transport operators, residents and other relevant stakeholders to make them aware of the works and share information about the project.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “This project will allow us to carry out essential maintenance work on Banavie and Laggan Swing Bridges across the Caledonian Canal, ensuring they continue to function safely for road users as well as canal traffic.

“The road closures are essential in order to facilitate the painting, waterproofing and surfacing works during the project. We’ve arranged for the project to take place overnight and avoid working on Saturday and Sunday nights to minimise disruption as much as possible.

“We thank road users for their patience in advance and our teams will look to complete the project as quickly and safely as possible. We encourage motorists to plan their journeys in advance and check Traffic Scotland for real-time journey information.”

Real-time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org, twitter @trafficscotland or the new mobile website my.trafficscotland.org.