Boost for Argyll road and sea timber transport

Timber cargo being loaded at Ardcastle pontoon on Loch Fyne. Photo: Creel Consulting Ltd.

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Projects to improve Scotland’s timber transport infrastructure have been awarded £7 million from the Scottish Government – including £2 million for Argyll.

Work to upgrade fragile rural roads, the creation of new forest haulage routes, passing places for communities and the promotion of moving timber by sea are all sharing in the cash boost.

The timber transport investment will help the sector to grow and recover from the pandemic and is seen as a confidence boost during a very difficult period.

Project officer for the Argyll Timber Transport Group Iain Catterwell said: ‘I am pleased to say that Argyll-based projects will receive £2.165 million – around 30 per cent of the Scotland-wide fund this year. Support for sea freight  – TimberLINK – will receive £0.9 million and £1.27m will go towards road improvements throughout Argyll and Bute.

‘This reflects the fragile nature of the rural road network in Argyll and Bute and the importance placed by the Scottish Government on supporting the timber industry, which is absolutely fundamental to the climate change mitigation agenda.’

TimberLINK moves around 100,000 tonnes of timber by sea from Argyll to Ayrshire, reducing ‘timber miles’ and the number of lorries using the A83 over the Rest and be Thankful.