Scottish Government to invest £7.05M to mitigate the impact of timber lorries on local communities, roads and the environment

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You’ll have seen those huge timber lorries squeezing through small villages and creating much noise and other disturbance. We’d probably all agree the industry is, however, important to Scotland’s rural economy. It’s a £1bn industry which is currently growing from 7 to 10 million tonnes.

So, to help reduce the negative effects for those living on routes used by the lorries, the Scottish Government will invest £7.05m in fifty projects including:

  • Perth & Kinross Council – £1.5M for 4 public road projects
  • Highland Council – £1.42M for 6 public road projects
  • Dumfries & Galloway Council – £1.4M for 10 public road projects
  • Ayrshire Roads Alliance (the shared service representing East and South Ayrshire Councils) – £770k for 4 public road projects
  • Scottish Borders Council – £593k for 6 public road projects
  • Argyll & Bute Council – £554k for 4 public road projects
  • Moray Council – £550k for 13 public road projects

I’ve had a close thing with a timber-loaded monster on the Dumfries and Galloway roads on the way back from hill-walking so I personally welcome the above.

http://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/news-releases/1784-7-05m-for-sustainable-timber-transport-projects-to-benefit-communities

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5 thoughts on “Scottish Government to invest £7.05M to mitigate the impact of timber lorries on local communities, roads and the environment

  1. Finnmacollie June 15, 2017 / 8:04 pm

    Yes, good news. Many seem to drive as though they are on a very tight schedule. I always feel a little nervous passing them, especially since a friend of ours was killed when an insecure load of round timber spilled from a lorry onto her car on the A82.

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  2. Contrary June 16, 2017 / 7:34 am

    Oh goodness Finnmacollie, I am so sorry to hear about your friend. The timber industry is a dangerous one and any shortfall in safety can have devastating results. Being from Perthshire I mainly used to hear horror stories about the lads chopping down the trees (I think there is much better safety, training and automation now).

    Those lorries are very heavy when loaded, especially the ones with trailers (not easy to stop,,, ), and they churn up roads something terrible. So, it is good to see that with the increase in production there is a planned increase in infrastructure improvement – something that Westminster is not terribly good at in my experience.

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  3. broadbield June 16, 2017 / 9:28 am

    Yes, good news. In the Borders (devastated that Calum Kerr lost) we have our share of timber wagons. Apparently there’s a Timber Transport Liaison Officer to whom “near misses” can be reported. And, of course they are restricted to 40mph on single carriageway roads (lol).

    But I’d like to see more investment in railways to get a lot of traffic off the roads.

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