Stromeferry bypass

Road closures this autumn

Essential works will take place to the rock face to the west of the avalanche shelter on the A890 Stromeferry Bypass from 3 September 2018. There will be road closures and traffic management for up to 12 weeks. Restrictions will change as the work progresses.

1.   A890 closed overnight and traffic control in place through the day

From 3 September, the A890 will be closed overnight between the two permanent road closure gates at Ardnarff and west of Attadale between 10pm and 7am. The road will have traffic control in operation during the day between 7am and 10pm whilst a road to rail bypass road is installed. The Contractor has been allowed up to two weeks for the installation of the bypass road but may complete this sooner.

2.   A890 closed overnight and road to rail bypass in operation for light vehicles

Once the road to rail bypass is installed, a timetable of opening slots between trains will come into operation. It will be available for use between 7am and 10pm by traffic which is less than 7.5 tonnes (box vans which are less than 8 metres and mini buses and cars towing caravans which are less than 10.8 metres). Traffic over these limits will not be permitted to use the bypass and will have to divert using the A87, A82, A832 and A890. The road to rail bypass will be closed to all traffic between the hours of 10pm and 7am. The rock works are expected to take up to 10 weeks.

3.   A890 closed overnight and traffic control in place through the day

Once the rock works are completed, the road to rail bypass will be removed. During this time, the A890 will be closed overnight between the two permanent road closure gates at Ardnarff and west of Attadale between 10pm and 7am. The road will have traffic control in operation during the day between 7am and 10pm. Road to be fully re-opened by 24 November.

Road To Rail Diversion operating timetable

Updated timetable

Timetable cards will be available from local shops and businesses from Monday 20th of August or by contacting garry.smith@highland.gov.uk 01408 635313

 

Background

A rock fall in December 2011 resulted in the closure of the A890 at the Stromeferry Bypass for several months. The closure led to major disruption with motorists facing a 130 mile diversion.  

We commissioned URS Infrastructure and Environment Ltd to carry out an options appraisal for a solution.

31 route options located in 6 route corridors were identified during the pre-appraisal study period. These were sifted to 17 route options. A shortlist was established to take forward to a second stage of more detailed appraisal.  

These are:

  • 2 northern routes with either a tunnel or bridge across Strome Narrows 
  • 5 online options with either a viaduct, tunnel, extended avalanche shelter and shared use rail or road or do minimum on the existing line of the road
  • 1 southern route through Glen Udalain
  • 1 renewable energy option

The detailed appraisal of these routes is still underway but a draft report of the outcomes was presented to local communities at public exhibitions held at the end of March 2014.  These exhibitions invited feedback from the communities which is currently being studied.

Presentation from public exhibitions

Email us for more information: stromeferryoptions@highland.gov.uk

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