Residents of Great Bernera will effectively be under curfew next week, as Comhairle nan Eilean Siar begins essential maintenance work on Bernera bridge.

The bridge is to be closed at 8pm and re-opened at 7am over five consecutive nights between Monday 10 August and Friday 14 August.

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

The notice said: “The bridge shall be closed to traffic between these hours, with allowance made only for emergency vehicles passing through.”

The effect will be that residents of the Tir Mhor will have to be back on their island by 8pm every evening or make arrangements for staying out all night.

One resident commented on social media that the timetable would make it impossible for workers coming home from late shifts or leaving the island early for work in town.

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’.

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