Investment means timber lorries will bypass Tarbert

As well as bypassing Tarbert, new timber haulage infrastructure will focus on transport by sea.

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Timber haulage will be able to bypass Tarbert thanks to new infrastructure investment.

Scottish Forestry, the Scottish Government agency responsible for forestry policy, support and regulation, has awarded more than £1 million for projects to improve Argyll’s timber transport infrastructure.

This includes work to improve the B8024 at Inverneil Hill and at Glen Ralloch to enable timber haulage to bypass Tarbert.

Funding also goes towards a new slipway being built at Crossaig on Kintyre’s east coast to allow timber to be transported by sea.

These projects are among a number of improvements to key timber haulage roads in Argyll, taking some of the traffic away from communities.

Announcing the funding, Environment Minister Màiri McAllan MSP said: ‘Scotland’s forestry sector supports around 25,000 jobs and generates over £1 billion to the economy each year.

‘Ensuring we have a sound timber transport network is a key feature to ensure economic benefits continue.

‘The funding promotes timber transport projects that benefit rural communities too.

‘I welcome projects that reduce lorry trips and take timber wagons away from villages and small rural roads.

‘In reaching net zero, it is also important that we help the forestry sector decarbonise.

‘I’m therefore very pleased to see new projects coming forward on this and the continued promotion of shipping timber to market.’

The cash boost will see a total of £7 million awarded to a range of timber transport projects across Scotland and is being made through the strategic timber transport fund, which is managed by Scottish Forestry, with funding support from Transport Scotland.