A road onto rail solution is likely to be used for future Stromeferry works, Highland Council say.
The 2018 annual inspection of the rock face identified four very high risk slopes and seven high risk areas. Highland Council say work is currently ongoing to establish the most appropriate stabilisation techniques for the four very high risk slopes.
On Friday 14 December, partners from school transport, emergency services and the NHS attended a Lessons Learned workshop to consider the impact of the recently completed works and what improvements can be made during future works.
Highland Council say Network Rail have already indicated their willingness to work with the Council to minimise disruption and also use the recently adopted signalling system.
Councillor Henderson Chair of The Highland Council’s Environment Development and Infrastructure Committee said: “We are well aware of the recent assessment and we are committed to find the funds necessary to undertake these works, a paper will be brought to committee at the end of January where we shall consider both the timing and funding of the works. I am confident that the design team will provide excellent advice to allow the works to progress. Works to the existing rock face is a sticking plaster with the long term solution being recognised by all as the goal."
Speaking on behalf of the Ward Councillors, Councillor Biz Campbell said: “We are so aware of the disruption to our communities that this work causes, but I am also reassured, as are the communities, that these works are being planned in such a considered manner. I fully support the selection of the preferred long term option and will do all I can to ensure that the funding is considered at the highest level.”
Following committee having the opportunity to discuss the paper at the end of January, the Council will undertake consultations with the communities early in the New Year to consider the works, the timing and the traffic impacts and mitigation measures.