Landslide reduction work on A83 will finish summer 2015

A83 minor landslip at KinglasWork to reduce the threat of landslides reaching the A83 at Glen Kinglas should be complete by summer 2015, Transport Scotland has told the Argyllshire Advertiser.

The news comes after the first heavy rain of autumn caused a mudslide on the trunk road route, blocking one lane of the road on Monday, October 6.

For the full story see the Argyllshire Advertiser, October 10 2014 – also available online at www.argyllshireadvertiser.co.uk/digital

Eight months’ work still on Rest and Be Thankful

rest-and-be-thankful-alternative-routeWORKS to minimise the threat of a landslide closing the A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful should be complete in eight months, Transport Scotland has said.

The national roads authority has said drainage works and increased vegetation will be planted on the hillside in the coming months in a bid to reduce the threat of landslides and, if they occur, prevent the debris from reaching the road.

See more details in the Argyllshire Advertiser, September 13 2013 and on line at www.argyllshireadvertiser.co.uk/digital

Landslip debris closes A83 at the Rest

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A83 landslide at the Rest and Be Thankful. Photo Scotland Transerv

The A83 is closed in both directions at the Rest and Be Thankful because of another landslide – at least the fourth time in a year that a landslide or threat of one has closed the road. Continue reading Landslip debris closes A83 at the Rest

Movement on landowner agreement in A83 diversion works

a83-landslide-020812Following on from the Argyllshire Advertiser’s inquiries about the delays in creating a ┬ádiversion at the Rest and Be Thankful on the A83 ┬áTransport Scotland announced on Thursday November 15 2012 that a major step forward had been taken in the project to provide an emergency route should the ┬áRest and Be Thankful be closed. Continue reading Movement on landowner agreement in A83 diversion works

Scottish Cabinet Secretary sets up A83 taskforce

a83-landslide-010812The A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful opened on Friday August 3 2012 following a landslide which closed the Argyll road on Wednesday August 1 around 4pm in the afternoon and further slides over night which left around 1,000 tonnes of debris on the carriageway. Continue reading Scottish Cabinet Secretary sets up A83 taskforce

A83 to reopen Friday August 3 at 7pm

The A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful was due to reopen at 7pm on Friday August 3 2012.
The road had closed on Wednesday August 1 following a landslide around 4pm in the afternoon and further slides over night which left around 1,000 tonnes of debris on the carriageway.
Scotland Transerv spent much of Friday clearing the debris.
The site was also visited by Alex Neil, Scottish Cabinet secretary for Infrastructure and Capital Investment.
He met with local business owners, community representatives and councillors to discuss what could be done to reduce the risk of disruption in the future and promised a task force would be set up to oversee progress.
More in next week’s Argyllshire Advertiser August 10 2012.

Landslide closes A83 again

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Photo courtesy Traffic Scotland

The A83 is closed at the Rest and Be Thankful following another landslide around 4pm on Wednesday August 1 2012 with between 50-100 tonnes of debris blocking the road.

Continue reading Landslide closes A83 again

Mid Argyll delegates to meet transport minister to discuss A83 closures

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Transport Minister Keith Brown

DELEGATES from the Mid Argyll Chamber of Commerce have been invited to meet with Transport Minister Keith Brown. Continue reading Mid Argyll delegates to meet transport minister to discuss A83 closures

Two earthquakes hit Rest and Be Thankful area

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The location of the earthquake near the A83 on Sunday March 4 2012. Image courtesy of Google Maps.

On Sunday, March 4 2012, two earthquakes 15 hours apart were felt in the hills above the A83 and Rest and Be Thankful. Continue reading Two earthquakes hit Rest and Be Thankful area

Mid Argyll chamber to renew A83 pressure campaign

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The right hand side is the most recent and the slide to the left (bigger landslide) was in December. The picture was taken from the hillside across the valley on the forestry track which the Scottish Government plans to upgrade. The cracks in the hillside above both landslides are causing concern and are being monitored around the clock by Transport Scotland.

The Mid Argyll Chamber of Commerce is this week, March 2 2012, launching a renewed campaign to find a long-term solution to fight the threat of landslides on the A83. Continue reading Mid Argyll chamber to renew A83 pressure campaign

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