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Forthcoming bridge parapet and retaining wall works – Potential delays

Forthcoming bridge parapet and retaining wall works in your area.  The work is being carried out by D A MacRae Stonemason Telephone: 07796 026071.  

Our Bridges Technician (Graham Nisbet) is overseeing all of the works, if you have any queries please contact him direct either via email graham.nisbet@highland.gov.uk or by telephone 07884 752357

Traffic management will be in place (during working hours) and is being provided by our DLO, allowing traffic through at 20-minute intervals.     We advise drivers to arrive in adequate time to ensure their journey is not delayed.   

Location plans attached and schedule of works listed below:-

7th – 10th June 2021:

Laga Bridge B8007 Easting: 163308 Northing: 761108 (4 days) Reinstatement of damaged masonry parapets

11th – 16th June 2021

Camus Inas B8007 Easting: 165760  Northing: 761139 (4 days)   Reinstatement of masonry parapet on retaining wall. 

17th – 21st June 2021:

A861 bridge north of Camuschoirk   Easting: 175890  Northing: 761100 ( 4 days) Work to masonry parapets at the Minor bridge at Camusaine, north of Camuschoirk

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused during these essential works and thank you for your patience. 

Corran Ferry

Corran Ferry replacement project

The Corran Ferry

The Community Council is represented on the Corran Ferry Steering Group. We have emphasised the importance of the ferry to our local community as a lifeline service and the concern to keep the current ferry service at the best operational level possible, moderate fares for local residents and to gather information on plans to replace/renew the service.

The current ferries, the MV Corran and the reserve vessel Maid of Glencoul are at the end of their service life and capacity for the very busy operations and need replacement. Option for replacement include:

  • A two ferry replacement to provide 2 x 23-vehicle ferries to meet the future requirements providing a 46-vehicle capacity over the current MV Corran 28-vehicle capacity. (Current operations are 120% of planned capacity achieved by shuttling). This would form a part of a project with Transport for Scotland and CMAL (Caledonian Maritime Assets) Small vessel replacement bid (9 vessel replacements). (Currently preferred )
  • Replace the ferry with a bridge
  • An unlikely option given the recognition of the ferry as a lifeline service is removal of the service and to rely on the around loch road

The ferry replacement will likely take 4-5 years before the first of the 9 ferries are available. There are three important points arising from this:

  1. The current ferry service must be maintained in the meantime. (We have been told that there has been budget allocated for the current maintenance requirements and a plan exists to maintain the current service whilst replacements are built).
  2. We want to be early in the queue of the 9 ferries being built, otherwise it could be 7 years or more before a replacement ferry service is in place. We need to ensure both councillors and government are fully aware of the importance of the crossing. (Currently our Local MSP is also the finance secretary!)
  3. A Socio Economic Study of the Corran Narrows is being commissioned and should include as wide a local input as possible. If you get the opportunity to contribute, please do. This study may shape decisions about the ferry service

It is important therefore to ensure the community voice is heard. You can of course make representations to Highland Councillors or your MSP to make your views on the Ferry known. You can also submit your views to the Sunart Community Council and we will make these known during the ferry steering group meetings. You can contact the SCC using our contact form at: https://sunartcommunitycouncil.co.uk/sunart-community-council-contact