Corran Ferry Service update

After listening to concerns from the community and local councillors, The Highland Council can confirm that a proposal to introduce a temporary weight restriction on the Corran Ferry, will not be implemented.

The Chair of Economy and Infrastructure Committee, Councillor Ken Gowans requested a review of the decision which was made following a proposal to the Lochaber Emergency Liaison Group last week, to reduce traffic congestion.

Councillor Gowans said: “Having consulted with local councillors, listened to communities and taken on board the concerns raised, I am pleased we have been able to work together and can now avoid imposing a weight restriction. This will come as very welcome news. However, it will only be possible with the help of the community, who we are asking to minimise the use of the ferry, where possible, follow the traffic signs, and be aware of the temporary barrier arrangements. This will really help to avoid disruption. In the meantime we will continue to monitor the situation so that adjustments can made over the next few weeks if necessary.”

Plans for improved traffic management on the approach roads and the marshalling of queues will be going ahead, as will the introduction of temporary speed limits on the A82 and A861 from Wednesday 29 March. The measures to reduce traffic congestion will include 30mph speed limits, warning signage, information signage, and electronic VMS signs.  Plus, there will be a temporary barrier system to control safe access to the marshalling area.

These arrangements will be under review and further discussions and consultation will take place with local members and partner agencies as to what can be done to prevent the build up of traffic as the busy Easter period approaches.

The MV Corran vessel is still at refit and, due to a parts availability issue, her return date remains unclear.

Councillor Kate Willis, Lochaber Area Chair, welcomed the decision to revoke the 3.5 tonne vehicle weight restriction on the MV Maid of Glencoul. Speaking after the Lochaber area business meeting yesterday (Monday 13 March), she said: “Councillors have now met with Council officers and agreed that weight restrictions to reduce traffic volumes should not be imposed due to the impacts they will have on peninsula residents and businesses, who are already struggling with the reduced ferry service. We understand the frustrations for everyone concerned and we will continue to work together to see how we can mitigate the circumstances.”



14 Mar 2023