Highlands & Islands

Stromeferry bypass: A890 reopens after landslip

Stromeferry bypass
Image caption Engineers had been assessing if any further rock was poised to crash down on the route

A road in the west Highlands which was closed after a landslide on Christmas Day has reopened to traffic.

Almost 20 tonnes of debris came down on the A890 Stromeferry bypass, causing a diversion of almost 150 miles for motorists.

After the rock had been cleared, concerns had remained that a cracked, overhanging cliff face could have dislodged.

It has now been removed and the road reopened just after 17:00.

The closure was the second to hit the Lochcarron to Kyle route in a year.

Last December, it was shut by a landslip which involved 100 tonnes of rock.

This left it blocked for four months and sparked a Highland Council investigation into how to prevent further disruption.

Alternatives being looked at are building a bridge or causeway across the Strome narrows, driving a new road inland or substantially upgrading the existing route.

However the cost could reach £115m and work may take up to three years to get under way.

When the route was closed at the start of the year a temporary road was placed along the railway line using rubber matting and a ferry had to be brought in to help children get to school.

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites