Published: 25/10/2017 14:21 - Updated: 25/10/2017 14:26

Landslip closes lifeline West Highland road


Council workers inspect the landslide site.
Council workers inspect the landslide site.
A LANDSLIP has closed a lifeline road in the West Highlands.


Highland Council’s roads inspector received a phone call late last night advising him that that a 15-metre section of the road at Soldiers Rock on the Knoydart peninsula had collapsed.

This 4.8-mile single track road between Scottas and Airor is a lifeline road for the communities beyond the slip which include Airor, Doune and Sandaig.

The council roads inspector has been on site this morning and carried out an initial inspection.

A full engineering assessment is planned tomorrow.

Preliminary plans have already been made for the transfer of staff and materials to the area and contact has been made with a local landing craft operator.

Due to the geographical and physical constraints it is anticipated that the repair will take several weeks depending on the availability of specialist equipment and materials.

In the meantime the local community has set up a "road shuttle" arrangement with a vehicle on either side of the landslip.

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