Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, as part of its resilience planning considerations in relation to the current weight restriction on Bernera bridge, is planning to undertake a utility run of Heavy Goods Vehicles on Thursday 15th October 2020 to serve Bernera residents.
Fergusons Shipping have been commissioned to undertake this run via sea from Uigen Slipway, Uig to Valasay Slipway, Great Bernera (other routes were considered, however this specific crossing affords the least restrictions in terms of accessibility, tides and weather). The aim of the run is to enable the topping up of oil and gas supplies in preparation for winter, and also to test this sea route should it be necessary to deploy again at short notice.
The boat is currently undertaking maintenance at Goat Island and it is hoped that this work will be completed by Wednesday 14th October to allow for the utility run to go ahead the following day.
This is subject to change at short notice and the Comhairle will communicate any changes at the earliest possible opportunity.
Meantime the Comhairle continues to make good progress with the statutory permissions required to enable the replacement bridge construction and will provide an updated timescale when these are resolved.