Argyll and Bute MSP Michael Russell has today welcomed the news that following community consultation BEAR Scotland have scrapped plans for daytime closures of the A828.

Proposals would have left the main road closed during working hours and local residents having to make an extensive and time consuming detour. The timing of this work was also during the tourist season which could have had a damaging effect on the local economy.

Commenting on this Mr Russell has said:

“This is a win for the community and indeed for common sense. I look forward to discussing this matter with local people and with Transport Scotland during the winter to find a better solution for further work next year.”

Details on the new schedule for improvements on the A828 and on the consultation process can be accessed via BEAR Scotland.


Performance across Scotland’s accident and emergency departments was above the 95% target during the final week of July – with 95.3% of patients seen, admitted or discharged within four hours.

Latest figures show that 97.6% of patients in NHS Highland’s emergency departments were seen, admitted or discharged within four hours. The performance at Lorn and Islands Hospital was 98.7%.

Scottish hospitals have now had the best performing emergency departments in the UK for more than two years, according to the most recently available figures.

Commenting,  Michael Russell MSP for Argyll and Bute said:
“It is very encouraging that latest figures show that performance in A&Es across Scotland were above the 95% target again – the third week in a row.

“Scotland’s A&Es have now outperformed those in the rest of the UK for 27 consecutive months – and this success is testament to the hard work of our NHS and social care workers.
“It is extremely encouraging that Emergency Departments in NHS Highland are meeting the four hour waiting times target, with the latest figures published showing that 97.6% of patients are being seen within four hours.

“We will always value the vital work done by our NHS staff – and we should always celebrate their success and continue to support their efforts.”