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Ramblers Scotland appeal over road plan

Posted 7 March 2011
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Ramblers Scotland appeal over road plan
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A planned road development in the Scottish highlands will block off access for those who want to go walking or ride mountain bikes in a popular mountain area, Ramblers Scotland has said.

The controversy surrounds the A9 link between Perth and Inverness, due to plans to end public right of way access on a stretch of General Wade's Military road at Crubenmore near Newtownmore, with steel barriers being erected across it.

Convenor of Ramblers Scotland Dennis Canavan called this a "Berlin Wall" across the Highlands, as Transport Scotland is refusing to build an underpass or bridge, meaning walkers either have to risk death on the road or take an eight-mile diversion.

He called on first minister Alex Salmond - whose mother was a Rambler's member - to join him on a walk to the site to see the problem for himself.

The section of the A9 corridor between Dalwhinnie and Newtownmore in which the affected area is located is in the Cairngorms national park and a number of Munros lie on either side of the pass.

Among these are A' Chailleach, Carn Sgulain, Carn na Caim, A' Bhuidenhach Beag and Meall Chuaich.