Ullapool A835 drivers could face 60 minute delays

The clear up operation continues on the A835, East of Ullapool at Leckmelm, where three locations have been affected by the ongoing heavy rain over the past few days. It is estimated that 600 tonnes of debris will need to be excavated across the three sites.

The route remains closed in the area with traffic permitted through on a limited basis using a convoy system. The three sites currently affected are, from east to west, Leckmelm Farm, Leckmelm Gardens and Corrie Lodge.

BEAR Scotland would like to thank motorists for their patience whilst these recovery works are underway.

Leckmelm Farm and Corrie Lodge are both watercourses which experienced severe flood water volumes yesterday bringing a large amount of debris down each channel, blocking the existing drainage culverts servicing the A835 trunk road. At Leckmelm Gardens the water has come through the forest area bringing considerable debris onto the A835.

The clear up operation started yesterday clearing a track through the sites to allow a convoy operation to be established. Three excavators are on site today serving eight lorries removing material to a local interim holding facility.

The clear up operation will continue through the day as culverts and drainage ditches are cleared and debris removed, with water flow diverted as appropriate.

The A835 at the three locations remains closed during the operations. It will be opened to let traffic through under convoy, bearing in mind particular issues for road users such as those aiming to reach the Stornoway Ferry. This will take place every 30 minutes, where possible. Motorists will not need to wait any longer than 60 minutes. BEAR Scotland continues to be in contact with Calmac regarding ferry timings with the next departure at 18:15 this evening.

Geotechnical engineers are inspecting the affected sites throughout the day along with BEAR’s Roads Scheme Delivery Manager to assess any residual geotechnical issues and assess the potential options in improving drainage in the area.

Updates will be available via www.trafficscotland.org and via Twitter at @TrafficScotland.