Plans revealed for lifeline Argyll road

Humza Yousaf with chamber of commerce members Murdo MacLeod (left), Jane MacLeod and Alison Hay (chair)

Humza Yousaf with chamber of commerce members Murdo MacLeod (left), Jane MacLeod and Alison Hay (chair)

WORK ON upgrading the A83 trunk road is far from finished, a Scottish Government minister was reminded this week.

On a trip to Lochgilphead on Wednesday at the invitation of Mid Argyll Chamber of Commerce, transport minister Humza Yousaf outlined the latest developments, taking questions from the audience.

His visit follows the latest meeting of the A83 taskforce – a group comprising business managers, councillors, civil servants, engineers and others – in Arrochar last week.


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Snowfall greets spring as trunk road blocked

Photo: Ross MacDonald

Police and BEAR Scotland personnel work to get traffic moving. Photo: Ross MacDonald

IT TOOK less than a day following the spring equinox for mother nature to remind us that winter might not yet have gone.

The second day of spring saw early morning snow, hail sleet and thunder hit western Scotland on Tuesday March 21.

The main road artery serving Argyll, the A83 trunk road, was closed for around two hours as vehicles struggled to climb the ascent to the Rest and be Thankful from Butterbridge.

A spokesperson for trunk road management firm BEAR Scotland said: ‘Police Scotland closed the A83 for a short period at the Rest and be Thankful to allow teams to safely clear the route following

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West Loch Tarbert set for A83 resurfacing


A SECTION of the A83 trunk road near Tarbert is due to be resurfaced in a £90,000 scheme.

Drivers can expect roadworks at West Loch Tarbert for three days, starting on Tuesday January 10.

Work will take place between 7am and 7pm each day, during which time a 10 mph convoy system will be in place. Outside working hours, a 30mph speed limit will be in force on a temporary road surface.

Eddie Ross, of trunk road management company BEAR Scotland, said: ‘We thank the local community and motorists

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Allow time for Tarbert A83 roadworks, drivers warned


Overnight closures are planned from late May

DRIVERS using the A83 trunk road through Tarbert have been advised to leave extra time for journeys over the next three weeks as £380,000 worth of road improvements are carried out. The work, by trunk road maintenance firm BEAR Scotland, will be carried out west of Tarbert in two phases between Monday May 16 and Saturday June 4. Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s north west representative, said: ‘Most of the works are programmed to take place overnight to minimise disruption as much

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A83 landslides solution may be decades away

A83 from old military road

A council leader fears it could be a generation before a solution is found for the landslides problem on the A83 at The Rest and Be Thankful.

At a meeting of the transportation committee at Kilmory, Dick Walsh, leader of Argyll and Bute Council, demanded that a solution to landslides and road closures on the A83 trunk road be found as soon as possible.

Read the full report in the Argyllshire Advertiser, April 24 2015, also available online.

Road show targets biker safety

biker safety

How to remove a helmet from an injured motorcyclist was just one thing people learned at unique event at  Loch Fyne on Sunday, April 12.

Bike Fyne was the first event of its kind in Argyll and Bute with the express aim of  cutting accidents and deaths on the A83 trunk road.

Read more about the safety day and see more photos in the Argyllshire Advertiser, April 17 2015. Also available online.

A83 speed limit change ‘a waste of time’

Tarbert Ardrishaig speed limit

A Lochgilphead garage owner has branded the proposal to reduce the speed limit on the vital A83 trunk road  linking Tarbert and Ardrishaig ‘a waste of time’.

This comes as Scotland’s transport minister says he will ‘take a closer look’ at the proposal after being challenged over the issue by Highlands and Islands MSP Jamie  McGrigor.

Read the full story in the Argyllshire Advertiser, March 20 2015, also available online.

Opinion split over A83 speed limit

Tarbert Ardrishaig speed limit

A speed restriction on the A83 trunk road between Ardrishaig and Tarbert has been branded a ‘box-ticking exercise’ by Argyll’s MP.

The claim comes after Transport Scotland revealed that the main reason for cutting the speed limit from 60mph to 50mph on the 13-mile stretch of road was to improve safety, citing similar stretches of road in Scotland.

Read the full story in the Argyllshire Advertiser, March 13 2015, also available online.

Petitions committee hears from Argyll councillors on A83 campaign

A83 from old military road

Pressure for an end to frequent landslides closing the A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful brought a positive response from a Scottish parliament committee in Edinburgh on Tuesday, February 17 2015.

Argyll and Bute councillors Donald Kelly, Dougie Philand and John McAlpine spoke in support of their petition calling for a permanent solution for the trunk road.

Read the full story in the Argyllshire Advertiser, February 20 2015, also available as a digital edition from the same date.

A83 petition to go before parliament

A83 from old military road

The case for permanent a solution to the problems on the A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful is to be made to the Scottish parliament.

Argyll First councillors have learned that their petition calling for action on the route will be heard by the parliaments petitions committee on February 17.

For more on this story see the Argyllshire Advertiser, December 26 2014. Also available online at

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