Record Backing for A82 Epetition
The support for the campaign to upgrade the A82 road between Tarbet and Inverness has resulted in the epetition to the Scottish Parliament exceeding the previous record of 4,187 signatures.
At 11.30 am today (Tuesday 25 March), the A82 petition had reached 5,236 signatures and is anticipated to reach 7,000 before it closes on Friday 4 April. The A 82 Partnership hopes that the outstanding support from the community will result in an invitation to present their case to MSPs in Edinburgh. A provisional date of 15 April has been set for a presentation to the Epetitions committee.
Support for the campaign has poured in from across the world with signatories from Russia, Japan and Europe together with expatriates signing up from Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Councillor Brian Murphy, chair of the campaign group, said: “The overwhelming support for our petition sends a very clear message to the Parliament about the strength of feeling that exists among the people of the West Highlands and Islands on the importance of upgrading the A82. They are not prepared to put up with this sub-standard road any longer.”
The campaign to upgrade the A82 was launched at Inverarnan on Monday 10 March and the campaign group includes Highlands and Islands Enterprise, The Highland Council, Argyll and Bute Council, Northern Constabulary, Chambers of Commerce and Community and Business representatives.
Stewart Stevenson, the Transport Minister, has agreed to meet with the group early in May.