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Eriskay Causeway

A causeway linking the islands of Eriskay and South Uist in the Western Isles, approximately a mile (1.5 km) in length, the construction of the Eriskay Causeway was begun in 2000. Costing £9.4 million, it is 10m (33 feet) wide and represents the largest civil engineering project ever to be undertaken in the Outer Hebrides. It runs from a promontory a quarter-mile (0.5 km) east of Ludag (South Uist) to close to the church at Rubha Ban on Eriskay and represents the last link in a 60 mile (100 km) network of roads, causeways and bridges which links the islands of Berneray in the north, with North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist and Eriskay in the south.

The causeway was opened by the Earl and Countess of Wessex on the 11th September 2002. This has had a positive effect on the island, allowing islanders to take jobs on the Uists, permit children to travel daily to secondary school rather than having to board away and arrest the fall in population.


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