Stromeferry bypass

Slope inspections and planned maintenance works

AECOM will be carrying out a planned inspection of the slopes in the week beginning 10 May 2021 in advance of maintenance works later this year. 

The programme for the maintenance works currently proposes a start date of 3 August 2021 with works lasting for 12 weeks.  No road to rail diversion should be necessary for the works this time but traffic management in the form of portable traffic lights will be required. To minimise disruption, over-night closures may be required for certain activities.

The Highland Council shall be consulting with stakeholders and the local community to make them aware of the programme and to identify any issues.

Options appraisal recommended route -

Glen Udalain to Attadale - Public meetings in Achmore and Lochcarron

The "drop in and catch up" sessions which were planned for 19 and 20 March 2020 have been cancelled.  This follows guidance from The Highland Council's Chief Executive that planned public meetings should be suspended due to Covid-19 (coronavirus).  

These sessions will be rescheduled and the consultation period shall be extended.


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.  

31 route options located in 6 route corridors were identified during a 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.

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