David Stewart

Highland MSP questions ludicrous decision to transport large dumper trucks along a82

Highland MSP, David Stewart has lodged Parliamentary Questions today in the Scottish Parliament asking why large dumper trucks are being conveyed along the A82 for final shipment to Glensanda Quarry, Morven, Oban instead of being shipped there by boat.

David said, “ I understand we have this ludicrous situation where very large dumper trucks are being escorted along the busy A82 for shipment out from the West coast to Glensanda Quarry when all aggregate products are shipped all over Europe from the quarry and all heavy machinery have to be shipped in.

 “Why convey these massive vehicles along roads that are frankly not fit for purpose of the 21 century in any case, never mind utilising them for the transportation of such large bulk loads.

 “Constituents advise me that some tailbacks include in excess of 300 vehicles and the local Roads Policing Unit apparently have no say in the timings of these convoys which are being arranged from the Police Abnormal Loads Unit in Glenrothes.

 “ Common sense needs to be applied here surely, so I wait with interest to hear why this nonsensical situation has been allowed to arise in the first place

Last August was the 30th anniversary of the first shipment made from Glensanda. It is the largest granite quarry in Europe with an annual production capacity of more than million tonnes and reserves of 760 million tonnes.