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.

The A890 is currently closed overnight and a road to rail bypass is in operation for vehicles less than 7.5 tonnes.  There is only limited daytime road opening,  expect lengthy delays.

Timetable

Timetable cards are available from local shops and businesses in the surrounding communities or by contacting garry.smith@highland.gov.uk 01408 635313

Guidance for reading the timetable card

The slots shown on the timetable card are the times when the road to rail diversion is open. Road traffic (less than 7.5 tonnes) is allowed to travel along the railway line through the works under a convoy system during these times.  These slots fit around the published Scot Rail schedule.

Asterisks mean a special train has been added to the  schedule. The dates when these trains change the standard operating slots are shown on the reverse of the card. 

For example, there is a special train due on the 2nd of October, there are two asterisks (**) next to the date to indicate that there will be a change to the operating timetable, in this case the road opening slot is deleted completely.  On other days the slot may open later or may be split in two to allow a Special Train through. 


 

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. This is expected to take up to two weeks.

2.   A890 closed overnight and road to rail bypass in operation for vehicles less than 7.5 tonnes

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.

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.  

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.

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

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