Learned today that an engineering study has been commissioned for a crossing of Loch Erisort in the Lochs area of Lewis, some 12 miles south of Stornoway. Loch Erisort is home to a number of fish farms. In order to facilitate the passage of salmon and boats, a causeway with bridge is being considered.
The crossing would cut 10 miles off the journey from Stornoway to South Lochs. Two locations are being considered, both starting from the village of Laxay. One would go from the Bhaltos area, to the east of Laxay to Habost in South Lochs. The length of this crossing is 800 metres / ½ mile; the second location would cross from Ravenspoint in Kershader to the Keose side of Laxay, which is 500 metres / ¼ mile. If the Eishken windfarm is granted planning permission by the Scottish Executive, rock, quarried from Eishken would be used in the construction of the crossing.
The engineering study is being paid for by the Eishken Estate. Below map shows the locations for the proposed crossing.
I am glad that this transport link is now moving a step closer to becoming reality. I have previously made my opposition to the windfarms in Lewis clear, and am feeling quite ambiguous about the windfarm in Eishken providing the necessary for this crossing. However, the decision is not yet final.