North Coast 500 Easter road closure postponed

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We originally ran a story telling about the initially planned road closure and at that time we did think of the possible impact over the Easter Week End but the Closure of the spectacular Bealach na Ba road for roadworks has been postponed now until after Easter following fears it would hit tourism. Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) has delayed work to lay fibre optic cable for two weeks from 26 March to 9 April. This is to avoid the Easter week which traditionally launches the tourist season. The mountain pass which rises to more than 2000ft is part of the North Coast 500 route with the six-week closure forcing a 30-mile detour. The single track road is the third highest in Scotland after the A93 and A939 through the Glenshee and Lecht snowsports centres. It will be shut on weekdays from 9am to 4pm and 5:30pm to 11pm to minimise disruption to commuters. Obviously emergency vehicles will be given access along with locals being driven to hospital in an emergency. Wester Ross Strathpeffer and Lochalsh councillor Kate Stephen said: "Driving over the Bealach is one of the features of the NC500 and it is the most direct route in and out of Applecross for most people. "It is a long diversion round the coast road. "The council can’t stop the road being closed so it is a matter of trying to manage the closure times to minimise the impact on road users. "However the disruption will be inconvenient and costly for local people and businesses. It is good they finally saw sense although we do understand it is necessary to get this work done