Highland Councillor and Scottish Parliament candidate, Angela MacLean has welcomed additional funding for roads, bridges and piers in 2016-17.
The Highland Council’s Community Services Committee has approved an additional programme of £2.7 million for the coming financial year.
£2.3 million will be allocated this coming year to re-surfacing, surface dressing and road markings across the Highland network and £0.4 million to bridges in Sutherland (Kylesku) and Lochaber (A884 Achnagavin).
Mrs MacLean said: “It’s a small but welcome addition to the budget for roads across the Highlands, and I’m delighted that a large portion of the money will be allocated to the A884.
“There is a lot more work to be done, I want to see more attention paid to vital B roads especially, but this shows the council are ready to listen if we can show that road works are necessary for communities. Smaller roads, like those between Kyle and Gairloch, on Skye or the Black Isle and on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula, are just as important as the trunk roads for getting about.
“Maintaining the Highland road network is beneficial for our local economy, but more importantly many remote communities rely on safe and fit for purpose links to the trunk network. This is a small but positive step in the right direction.”