Preparations underway for Stromeferry bypass works

Essential works are set to take place to the rock face to the west of the avalanche shelter on the A890 Stromeferry Bypass from 3 September 2018 and the Council is reminding the public that road closures and traffic management will be in place for up to 12 weeks. Details of the timetable that will be operating for the road to rail diversion through the works have been published, although they are subject to change.

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.

Once the road for the 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 able to pass through the works and will have to follow the signed diversions 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 Council will be printing and distributing cards from mid-August onwards in the local community with details of the road to rail diversion operating times.

Details are as follows, but are subject to change.

Monday to Saturday

  • 7.10am to 10.30am
  • 11.35am to 11.55am
  • 2.35pm to 3.20pm
  • 4.15pm to 5pm
  • 6.10pm to 7.35pm
  • 8.40pm to 10pm

Sunday

  • 7.10am to 10.10am
  • 11.10am to 12.45pm
  • 1.45pm to 3pm
  • 4.15pm to 7.40pm 
  • 8.50pm to 10pm

Special trains (trains not on the Scot Rail timetable)

19 September
Standard opening 7.10am to 10.30am
Replacement special opening 7.10am to 8.15am and 9.30am to 10.30am

26 September
Standard opening 7.10am to 10.30am
Replacement special opening 7.10am to 8.15am and 9.30am to 10.30am

3 October
Standard opening 7.10am to 10.30am
Replacement special opening 7.10am to 8.15am and 9.30am to 10.30am

9 October
Standard opening 6.10pm to 7.35pm
Replacement special opening  standard road opening slot deleted

10 October
Standard opening 7.10am to 10.30am
Replacement special opening  8am to 10.30am

16 October
Standard opening 7.10am to 10.30am
Replacement special opening 7.10am to 8.15am and 9.30am to 10.30am

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.

A Council spokesman said: “We have worked closely with Network Rail to keep disruption to road users to a minimum when the road/rail diversion is in place but inevitably there will be times when road users will face longer waits so we urge people to plan their travel carefully and avoid the periods when the diversion is not going to be available.”

25 Jul 2018
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