Driving on ‘what’s left of the road’

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The 500 mile route round Scotland’s north promoted as the NC500 may be pitted with potholes.

Today at Holyrood, Highlands and Islands MSP, Rhoda Grant asked the cabinet secretary Fiona Hyslop, what plans the government has to build on success of the route as a tourist destination.

She specifically asked about the state of the roads on the route.

Ms Grant said that a constituent had contacted her and said: ‘We used to drive on the left of the road, but now we have to drive on what’s left of the road.’

Ms Grant said: ‘Highland Council has more than 7000km of road to maintain, of which at least 830km is the NC 500.

‘What assistance is the government giving to repair this iconic route?

The cabinet secretary replied that she is not the transport minister and Highland Council is responsible for the roads in their area.

Last year two Kintyre cyclists Nina and Katy Beveridge toured round the route and raised nearly £11,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

A 3ft pothole, on the A82 near Bridge of Orchy, the size of a bath, was recently highlighted by driver Nick Wilson.