Highlands & Islands

100-tonne landslide shuts Highlands road and line

Landslip on railway line Image copyright ScotRail
Image caption A ScotRail image showing the landslip on the railway line

Travel in parts of the Highlands has been disrupted following a landslide.

The landslip has blocked the railway line between Fort William and Mallaig and had also affected the nearby A830 since about 18:00 on Thursday.

Roads maintenance company Bear Scotland said about 100 tonnes of material was washed onto the railway and road.

ScotRail said there was disruption to services between Glasgow Queen Street and Mallaig terminating at or starting from Fort William.

The landslide happened about half a mile east of Lochailort.

ScotRail said disruption on the route was expected until at least the end of the normal service timetable on Saturday.

The A830 was shut between the Lochailort and Drumsallie junction, before a single lane was reopened to traffic.

The landslide happened during a period of heavy downpours that affected Skye, Mull, the west Highlands and Argyll.

The Met Office issued a yellow "be aware" warning of heavy rain earlier this week.

Image copyright Scotrail

Earlier, Bear Scotland said teams cleared away material from the road on Thursday evening, but further debris was washed onto the carriageway due to the heavy rains.

The conditions hampered the clear-up operations, resulting in the road remaining closed overnight.

A ScotRail spokeswoman said: "We are grateful to customers for their patience during the disruption which is being caused by a landslip blocking the line.

"Buses are running in place of trains between Fort William and Mallaig to help keep people on the move.

"However, roads are also affected by the landslip and divisionary routes may be used, meaning extended journey times. We apologise to customers who are affected by this disruption."

Police Scotland said: "Police are assisting Bear Scotland and it is currently unknown when the road will reopen."

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