Traffic restrictions added to coastal route due to dangerous parking

The popular scenic route has suffered from years of safety issues due to 'inconsiderate' parking, Highland Council said.

Traffic restrictions added to B8008 Moray to Arisaig due to dangerous parking, Highland Council says Highland Council

Parking restrictions have been introduced on a popular Highland coastal route due to dangerous parking.

Highland Council said the B8008 Moray to Arisaig road has experienced years of congestion and safety issues due to “inconsiderate” motorists.

The route leads to several beaches in the area, including the Silver Sands of Morar.

Around six miles (10km) of road has now been painted with double yellow lines.

A £100 fine will be given to any vehicle found to have broken the rules and in certain cases they will be towed away.

Councillor Ken Gowans, who chairs the economy and infrastructure committee, said: “The Morar to Arisaig route is historically one of the most popular stretches of coastline on the west coast, with the iconic Silver Sands – Morar, Camusdarach and Traigh beaches with backdrops to the majestic Small Isles.

“However, public safety and access for emergency response vehicles is priority and there is no room for compromise when it comes to keeping roads clear and safe.

“The public must adhere to the new traffic control measures or risk a penalty notice or vehicle uplift for illegal parking.”

A spokesperson B8008 working group said: “It is important to raise public awareness of the new traffic control measures ahead of the busy summer season.

“The B8008 stretch of road including parts at Traigh, Camusdarach and Silver Sands-Morar, has new double yellow lines that mean no waiting at any time 24 hours per day.

“People need to be aware ahead of travelling to the area, particularly those who may intend to park motorhomes, campervans or park and pitch a tent at the beach to consider alternative options.”

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