Bernera Bridge Update

Members of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Transportation and Infrastructure committee were today provided with a progress update on Bernera Bridge.

The Comhairle considered a Report on 21 August 2020 concerning the emerging situation following a weight restriction being placed on Bernera Bridge. Costs are estimated at £2m for the immediate solution, which will have a predicted lifespan of 30 years.

Cllr Uisdean Robertson, Chairman of the Transport and Infrastructure Committee, said: “Work on the design and procurement is progressing very well indeed but the requirement for a Marine Licence means that the project could be delayed by several weeks. Officers are working with colleagues in Highland Council to find a solution to that issue as soon as possible as we do not want to see such important and urgent community works being unnecessarily delayed. If required, we will write to the Scottish Government seeking their support in expediting the process.

“There are critical factors to be resolved to ensure work is progressed in the shortest possible timeframe. The earliest timescale for completion would be January 2021 with this being extended to April 2021 should the full consultation period for Marine Licensing be required. Further information will be made available as appropriate and the Comhairle wishes to thank the community for their continued patience”

Should any members of the public have particular concerns, they are encouraged to contact the Comhairle via the Customer Services number on 01851 600 501.