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Scottish Water finalises plans for road closure in Strathpeffer

10 January 2018

Scottish Water is making final preparations for essential work that will start later this month to renew the main sewer that serves Strathpeffer.
The first section of the work, which will be carried out on Scottish Water’s behalf by its alliance partner amey-Black and Veatch (aBV), involves rebuilding a manhole beneath the A834 at the bottom of Garden House Brae, between the Square and the primary school. In order to complete this work safely, there is a need to close a short section of the A834 to traffic for up to three weeks from Monday 22 January. During this period, there will be no road access between Dingwall and Contin through Strathpeffer. All through traffic will be diverted via the A835 Ullapool Road.
Road access to the primary school, medical practice and community centre will be from the Contin side of the works only, but pedestrian access will be maintained throughout.  A school bus drop-off point will be operating from the rear of the Highland Hotel, from where there is access via footpath to the primary school and other community facilities. The village centre will be accessible from Dingwall and businesses will be open as usual.
Scott Heath, Senior Project Manager for aBV, said:

“We recognise that the need to close the A834 will cause disruption. Unfortunately, at this location there is no other way to complete the work that is needed safely.  
“We are very grateful for the community’s input over the last year while we have been planning this work. As a result of those discussions, the timing of the work has been carefully chosen to reduce the impact on the local community and businesses as far as possible – particularly by avoiding the build-up to Christmas, the annual Strathpuffer event and the peak tourist season. 

“Our team will endeavour to complete the phase of work that requires the road closure as quickly as we can - and we are putting mitigation measures in place to help minimise the inconvenience for residents in the meantime.” 
Postcards with further details of the planned road closure and mitigation arrangements are being sent to residents in the most affected communities. Arrangements are in place to ensure that school transport services will continue to operate from both sides of the closed section of road.

For the duration of the work, the 27 bus will depart from the Square via Dingwall and Maryburgh to Inverness and back, in line with its usual timetable. To ensure a connection to Contin, an additional shuttle service will also operate from Strathpeffer via Contin to Maryburgh.

Gavin Steel, Corporate Affairs Manager at Scottish Water, said:
“We need to carry out this work to ensure Strathpeffer’s sewer network can continue to serve customers and protect the local environment in the years ahead. I would like to thank everyone locally who has contributed to our preparations during the course of last year – most recently at the information event we held in November.  
“We hope that the timing of the work and the measures we have put in place will significantly reduce the impact of the road closure on local residents and businesses. Even so, I would like to apologise to users of the A834 for the inconvenience that will be caused. We will provide regular updates while the work is underway and seek to keep the period of the closure to a minimum.” 
Once the initial work is complete, further phases will follow once the A834 has re-opened using traffic lights. Most of the work in the centre of the village will be carried out using an innovative re-lining technique to minimise the need for excavation of the road surface as far as possible.