As the Easter school holidays approach, The Highland Council is highlighting to locals and visitors to Lochaber that the Corran Ferry is currently operating a reduced service with the smaller vessel the Maid of Glencoul in service, and from Wednesday 29 March new traffic management measures will be put in place to reduce traffic congestion on the approach routes.
Chair of the Council’s Economy and Infrastructure Committee, Councillor Ken Gowans said:
“Until the MV Corran is back in service, we are operating on reduced capacity.
“As we expect the demand for the service to increase over the holiday period, we are appealing to locals and visitors to help support the ferry service and crew by considering if journeys are necessary, planning ahead to avoid peak times where possible and using the alternative routes.”
“From Wednesday 29 March enhanced traffic management will be in place and marshals will be managing queuing traffic on both sides of the Corran Narrows.
“These arrangements will be under review, and I urge all travellers to follow the signs and stick to the temporary speed limits.”
Traffic management arrangements will include the introduction of temporary 30 mph speed limits on the A82 and A861, warning signage, information signage, and electronic VMS signs.
A temporary barrier system to control safe access to the marshalling area will be in place.
These barriers will need to close when the holding area for ferry traffic is full and drivers will have to use an alternative route, or return later if necessary, rather than stop on the live carriageway.
Councillor Kate Willis, Lochaber Area Chair said:
“The reduced ferry service is going to have an impact on locals and anyone visiting the area, so we are appealing for everyone to do what they can to help prevent the build-up of traffic as the busy Easter period approaches.”
All updates on the ferry service will be promoted on the Corran Ferry twitter feed @CorranFerry and on the webpage