Sandwick Road, Stornoway, is to be closed tonight (Tuesday October 2nd) for four hours, while a multi-agency emergency exercise takes place near the gas works.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has put in place a road closure notice between 6 and 10pm, affecting the portion of Sandwick Road from the Smith Avenue roundabout (Engebret Ltd Filling Station) to the junction with Seaforth Road and the Mossend road.

Although traffic diversion is possible via Seaforth Road and Island Road, and via Mossend and Anderson Road, the area is likely to be busy with emergency vehicles. The Comhairle will also be undertaking road maintenance on Sandwick Road while the road is closed.

Exercise Gaslight is being co-ordinated through the Western Isles Emergency Planning Group (WIEPG). Briefing meetings were held this morning as service commanders prepare for the scenario, which will call together all the emergency service providers in the area.