Heavy goods vehicles are being banned from using the road bridge to Great Bernera. 

Following Comhairle nan Eilean Siar's investigative survey works on Bernera Bridge over the past few days, a precautionary temporary weight restriction of 7.5 tonnes is being placed on the bridge.

This will be reviewed over the course of next week when further structural assessment will be undertaken.

The temporary weight restriction has been discussed with emergency responders. Service providers will also be contacted in relation to business and delivery requirements, says CnES.

Residents of Bernera are aware of the survey as there have been closures in place over the course of the week,

Effectively they were under curfew this week, as engineers looked at essential maintenance work on the Bridge.

The bridge was closed at 8pm and reopened at 7am over five consecutive nights.

A temporary road closure notice issued by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar  on Friday 31 July said that the closure was for invasive works which are required as part of the authority’s maintenance and inspection programme.

Bernera bridge opened on 22 July 1953 when it was considered to be the means of maintaining a ‘young, active and happy population on the island for many years to come’.

CnES says it is grateful for the continued patience of the community.

The picture shows the bridge and the standing stones above its landing point on the Tir Mhor (Visit Outer Hebrides).