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Council to seek funds for Stromeferry bypass plans

Landslide at the Stromeferry Bypass Image copyright Ingrid Deschryver
Image caption A landslide at the Stromeferry bypass last month

Highland Council officers are to begin work to find the funds needed to pay for a solution to the landslide-hit A890 Stromeferry bypass in Wester Ross.

The road remains only partially open after rock falls closed the bypass last month.

Options to overcoming the problems cost between £85m and £132m. Highland has £10m available for the work needed.

Councillors meeting in Inverness agreed that officers begin work to find sources of funding.

When the route was closed for four months - from 22 December 2011 to 23 April 2012 - it cost Highland Council £2.8m to deal with the aftermath of the landslide.

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