Ride Across Britain 2016
Important information if you are travelling on the A82 on Friday the 16 and 17th.
THE A82 PARTNERSHIP
A82 CHAOS WARNING
800 plus Cyclists descend on the A82
The A82 Partnership is warning of delays, frustration and chaos on the A82 between Crianlarich and Fort William on Friday 16 September as around 800 cyclists travelling north to Torlundy descend on this main trunk road.
The cyclists will be on the A82 from mid morning until around 20.00 hrs in the evening.
The cyclists are taking part in the Deloitte’s sponsored Ride Across Britain 2016 which takes them from Lands End to John O’Groats in an almost 1000 mile journey over 9 days. Day 7 is the longest leg of the journey and starts in Hamilton in the Central Belt finishing in Fort William. Saturday 17 September sees the riders back on the A82 travelling from Fort William to Fort Augustus before heading up the east side of Loch Ness. Cyclists pay £1600 each to take part in the full event.
A spokesperson for the A82 Partnership said ‘ Because this is not a race the organisers do not need permission for the event although they have liaised with officials in Glasgow who appear unaware of the negative impact on the economy and the lives of the people of the West Highlands and Islands of this event’.
Councillor Brian Murphy, Chairman of the A82 partnership added ‘ To arrive in Fort William on a Friday afternoon is utter madness. Traffic travelling north out of Fort William on a Friday afternoon on a normal week faces significant delays I cannot imagine the impact of an additional 800 cyclists on this traffic flow. We are already aware of the impact on traffic flows of two cyclists travelling between Onich and Fort William, to have numerous groups of up to 50 will cause significant delays and resulting frustration.’
The Ride Across Britain 2014 suffered a tragic fatality south of Crianlarich resulting in the journey along the A82 being curtailed as cyclists were bussed to their overnight stop at Torlundy.
The A82 Partnership are advising that anyone with journeys, appointments, meetings, flights etc which will involve travel on the A82 between Crianlarich and Fort William on Friday 11 September and between Fort William and Fort Augustus on the Saturday morning should allow extra time or revise their plans.
Stewart Maclean FCMA MCMI CGMA
The A82 Partnership
Queen Anne House
Mob 07836 608 089