§ Sir Russell Johnston
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what proportion of the capital cost of the 274W Ballachulish bridge requires to be expended on regular maintenance; how frequently maintenance is required; and how this compares with the bridges, at Kessock and Kylesku.
§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
Over the last three years the equivalent of 5 per cent. of the capital cost of the bridge has been spent on maintenance work (involving surface treatment of the structure) but this is the first major outlay on the bridge since it was completed in 1975. As regards other bridges, Kessock bridge has had no significant expenditure on maintenance since opening in 1982; the Scottish Development Department does not hold information on the Kylesku bridge, which falls within the responsibility of Highland regional council.