Firms consulted over Stromeferry bypass

Highland Council will present the results of a survey into which businesses use the Stromeferry bypass at a meeting in Strathcarron on 11th November.

Concerns had been voiced locally that the council’s consultants URS were treating the A890 as a local road and were only surveying local businesses.

Helen Murchison, chairwoman of Lochcarron Community Council, was pleased that URS were widening their inquiries.

She said: “The council were treating the road as a local road, which it is not. This is a road for the whole of the west coast, not just Lochcarron and Strathcarron and places like that.”

Questions on the survey include how many employees use the bypass and how many customers or suppliers.

The bypass has suffered two major closures through landslips over the last two years and the council are working on a list of possible alternatives, including a bridge across the Strome narrows and a new road through Glen Udalain. They are not expected to make a final decision on a preferred option until next summer.

Businesses and organisations in the area are invited to contribute to the current transport study by completing a business survey form.