BEAR Scotland teams working to clear landslip affecting A830 east of Lochailort

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The A830 east of Lochailort remains closed following a landslip yesterday evening (Thursday).

Approximately 100 tonnes of material was washed onto the railway and A830 carriageway due to recent heavy rainfall.

BEAR Scotland teams worked to clear the materials yesterday evening however further debris was consistently being washed onto the carriageway due to the heavy rains, hampering the clear-up operations and resulting in the road remaining closed overnight.

Following a geotechnical inspection, teams resumed the clear-up this morning at first light and are working to open the road as soon as possible.  The road will remain closed until it is safe to reopen. Network Rail teams are also on site dealing with the railway line.

A diversion via the A861 is currently in place, motorists travelling from the south may wish to use the Corran Ferry to the A861 to reduce the length of the diversion.

Further updates will be made available throughout the day.

A Met Office Yellow ‘Be Aware’ warning for heavy rain remains in place in the Highlands and Strathclyde area until 6pm this evening, and motorists are advised to drive to conditions.

Real-time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland onwww.trafficscotland.org or twitter @trafficscotland.