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Landslip works to resume in Scotland

Stabilisation works after a landslip at Glen Righ in Scotland will resume on 19 January following the festive break.

Forestry Commission Scotland’s (FCS) geotechnical team will return to the area as part of a wider project to make safe and harvest tress on the hillsides above the A82 road.

The landslip, which happened last October, closed the A82 for 30 hours, leading to lengthy diversions.

Prior to the landslip, FCS carried out tree felling operations in the area. According to reports, local residents voiced concerns that the works may have contributed to the landslip. In response, the commission claimed the tree felling programme in fact prevented a more severe slope failure.

The commission’s Alex Macleod, who is managing the project, said: “Harvesting operations have progressed really well over recent months and we’ve seen the team remove some very large trees safely away from the A82. However, we now need to carry out further slope stability work on the areas that have been recently felled.

“As before, this phase of work will involve rock scaling, netting and bolting but will also see the installation of a permanent catch fence on the steepest part of the slope.”

Most of the area next to the A82 will be replanted with native broadleaves, which will contribute to the stabilisation of the slope.

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