Transport Scotland has shortlisted five sets of consultants to sort out the problems on the A87 Rest and Be Thankful road.
Arcadis Consulting (UK) Limited / Sweco UK Limited; Ove Arup & Fairhurst; Atkins Limited / WSP UK Limited; Stantec UK Ltd / RPS Consulting Services Limited and Jacobs / Aecom have been invited to tender for the next stage of the work to design a long-term solution with five options currently under consideration for the preferred route at Glen Croe.
Transport Scotland says in recognition of the disruptive closures at the Rest and Be Thankful, plans are being progressed for a medium term resilient route through Glen Croe, with finalised proposals expected this Autumn.
To help inform the design work, discussions have been held with the Norwegian Government to learn lessons from their wide experience of constructing tunnels. Norway’s roads network contains many tunnels due to the landscape of the country, which is similar to that found at the Rest and Be Thankful. As such Transport Scotland has been keen to learn about Norway’s processes and methods for developing and constructing tunnelling projects.
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