Oil booms across the Rivers Roy & Spean

Rivers 'near' Fort William
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Mike Dales
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Oil booms across the Rivers Roy & Spean

Post by Mike Dales » Tue Aug 02, 2011 3:39 pm

Warning - Oil Booms across the River Roy and River Spean

Enginnering company Carillion are currently undertaking essential work on the railway bridges that cross the River Roy (250m downstream from the Roy Bridge road bridge at NN 270 811) and the River Spean (1500m upstream from Spean Bridge at NN 239 818). As part of this work oil booms will be strung across the full width of both rivers downstream of the railway bridges as a precaution to catch any accidental oil spills resulting from the works.

At Roy Bridge the boom has been positioned approx. 50m downstream of the usual take out eddy for the Lower Roy section (as detailed in the Scottish Whitewater Guidebook). So, this is after the final Grade 3 rapid below the road bridge and below the railway bridge.

This should only be an issue for those who are combining the Lower Roy and paddling on to the Middle Spean or those accessing the Middle Spean. For the Middle Spean please just get on below the boom.

On the Middle Spean there will be a second boom positioned downstream of the railway bridge. This is approximately three-quarters of the way down this section, below the railway bridge but upstream of the Grade 3 Railway Bridge Falls. Portaging this is recommended.

Warning signs will be placed across the rivers upstream of both booms. Please proceed with caution and do not assume a lack of signage means the work is complete. The work is expected to continue until the end of the year and we will confirm as soon as we can that the booms have been removed.

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Re: Oil booms across the Rivers Roy & Spean

Post by allymartini » Wed Aug 03, 2011 1:18 pm

Photo of the boom on the Spean below. The booms are essentially green inflatable tubes designed to float on the surface of the water.
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Re: Oil booms across the Rivers Roy & Spean

Post by allymartini » Thu Dec 01, 2011 11:57 am

Just to give you all an update, this work is still ongoing and it looks like it will extend into January.

As before please proceed with caution, especially given the recent high water conditions. Watch for the warning signs and don't assume a lack of signage means the work is complete. We will confirm as soon as we can that the booms have been removed.

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