Highlands & Islands

'Minor landslip' at Stromeferry bypass in Wester Ross

There has been a minor landslip high above the trouble-hit A890 Stromeferry bypass in Wester Ross, Highland Council has said.

Landslides closed the stretch of road from 22 December 2011 to 23 April this year and cost the local authority £2.8m to deal with.

The road has remained open following the latest slide. Concrete barriers are in place to stop falling debris.

Highland Council has been looking at long-term solutions for the road.

Options include a £60m bridge, a 1.2 mile (2km) tunnel costing £94m and a new, longer bypass running to about £23m.

The A890 helps to connect Lochcarron to Plockton, and its high school, and eventually with Kyle, on the opposite side of Loch Carron.

The road runs across the top of the sea loch to link up with the A896, the main road to Lochcarron.

While the bypass was closed, drivers faced having to take a 140-mile (225km) diversion, instead of the usual 18 miles (29km) from Lochcarron to Plockton.

A small car ferry, a pleasure cruiser and train services were all utilised in an effort to ease the travel headache for locals.

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