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Visiting the site that will become the new rail container yard for Highland Spring at Blackford, the Scottish National Party’s Ms Roseanna Cunningham, SNP candidate for the Perthshire South & Kinross-shire constituency, said:


“I know that there has been a lot of concern locally about the development of this site and I quite understand how worried people are about the potential for an increase in HGV traffic that could result from the planned increase in output at Highland Spring.



“There is a huge wider benefit from getting freight off the roads and onto the railways but the people of Blackford should not have to worry about paying the price of that with the fear of increased lorry traffic through their village.


“The challenge is to find a happy accommodation between the two positions and I believe that with the application of a bit of common sense there is a balance that can be struck so that Blackford can also benefit.


“I very much hope that plans can be taken forward that will enable HGV traffic to bypass Blackford entirely.  I urge everyone involved to work together to make that a reality and I will be contacting Highland Spring and Transport Scotland to ensure that it is a proposal that receives proper consideration.”


 Local Councillor Tom Gray, who accompanied Roseanna on her visit, said:


“Even with the rail container proposal removing many lorries from the roads, the proposals to increase the output of the Highland Spring plant means that the net result would mean little variation in numbers of lorries entering the village.


“It would be of huge benefit to the community if lorries could enter the Highland Spring site without passing through the village.  Toward this end, I have been proposing an investigation into the possibility of creating a new slip road off the A9 northbound onto the B8081.


“This plan, or something similar, would mean that lorries could then travel to the plant site and park outwith the village, keeping clear of the Primary School.”


A9 slip road

Ms Cunningham and Cllr Gray with the A9 to their left and the Blackford slip road to their right.

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