17 May 2017
Highlands & Islands Regional MSP, Rhoda Grant has written to Highland Council asking if there are any plans to upgrade the single carriageway sections of the A890 Lochcarron - Achnasheen and the A896 Lochcarron – Kishorn routes, given that they form part of the North Coast 500 (NC500) and are the direct road link to the Port of Kishorn, where the largest floating windfarm is to be constructed in a partnership between Kishorn Ports Ltd and Kincardine Offshore.
Rhoda Grant said “ I am delighted to hear that the dry dock at Kishorn will come out of a 23 year hibernation and up to 200 jobs will be created. I understand that where possible materials can be brought into the site by sea, but inevitably there will need to be increased road traffic and this is an area of concern to me as there are sections of the route between Achnasheen and Kishorn which are in poor condition and they are not fit for purpose.
“Of course I fully understand that Highland Council will have set budgets for road improvements going forward over the next few years. However, I am asking the Authority if they have any plans to upgrade or improve the sections of the route between Achnasheen and Kishorn given the projected and expected increase in road traffic.
Rhoda Grant concluded “ If we want to take maximum advantage of the boost to tourism and the economy created by the NC 500 and the opening of Kishorn Port alone never mind the other creative and established businesses already in the area, then we have to make sure that the infrastructure is fit for purpose and that includes roads.