We are completing the final piece of work in a project to renew the sewer network in Strathpeffer. This will ensure the sewer network can continue to serve customers and protect the local environment in the years to come.
The project is being delivered by Scottish Water’s alliance partner amey binnies and sub-contractor Morrison Construction.
At a Glance
Sewer network renewal
Delivered by amey binnies
Approx. 3 weeks to complete
Strathpeffer sewer upgrade
The work to complete the sewer upgrade project is expected to take three weeks to complete.
What We are Doing
This work is required to resolve a conflict between a section of the sewer which was upgraded in 2018 and an underground electricity cable below the A834 at the foot of Garden House Brae.
A section of the A834 will be closed to traffic from January 31 for three weeks to allow the work to be completed. Pedestrian access will remain possible throughout.
For the duration of the work, 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, while the Square and Spa Pavilion will only be accessible from the Dingwall side.
Arrangements have been made for school transport services to continue, using the diversion where necessary, and local businesses will remain open as usual while work is taking place.
We recognise that this is a particularly challenging part of the road network to close and have worked with the roads authority to explore all available options. Unfortunately, the sewer is located near the centre of the road and there is no safe way to complete the excavation while allowing traffic to pass. There is also no local diversion route available within the village.
Our team on site will be focused on completing the work safely and as quickly as possible. We would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused while our work is underway.
Why We are Doing This
The location of this cable was not known in advance of the original upgrade in 2018 and unfortunately it was not possible to resolve the conflict safely at that time. Carrying out this work now will ensure the benefits of our earlier investment in the sewer network are realised – so that the village’s sewers can continue to serve customers and protect the environment for years to come.
Following discussion with representatives of the community last year, we have scheduled this work for a quieter time of year. We are also putting arrangements in place to mitigate the impact of the work as far as we can, particularly on school and public transport, while ensuring the final section of upgraded sewer is completed as quickly as possible so that the road can re-open.
We are grateful for the community’s understanding and the constructive feedback that we have received while preparing for the work to take place.