Stromeferry bypass

Planned maintenance works to start this week

Geo-rope Ltd is now on site preparing for this year’s slope maintenance works.  The works will begin this week and are programmed to be completed by the 22 November. 

The bulk of the works are located high up the slopes above the road which means there will be limited traffic disruption and no road to rail diversions which we have had in previous years.  Traffic management will still be required for key elements of work and therefore some queuing may be expected.

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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