Public consulted on Rest and Be Thankful plans

Public engagement events on the long-term solution at the A83 Rest and Be Thankful are being held from 18 to 21 March at four venues across Argyll and Bute.

The events are designed to provide local communities and road users with the opportunity to meet the designers, as well as view and comment on the design development and the progress towards delivering the medium-term improvements along the Old Military Road (OMR).

Cabinet Secretary for Transport Fiona Hyslop said: “The Scottish Government is steadfast in its commitment to delivering a long-term solution to the landslip risks at the A83 Rest and Be Thankful.

“The announcement last June of the preferred route option for the long-term solution was a significant confirmation of our commitment to improve the route. The design work for this is being progressed at pace with a view to publishing draft Orders by the end of this year.

“At the same time, we are progressing our plans to increase the resilience of the temporary diversion route along the Old Military Road (OMR) until the long-term solution to the challenges at the Rest and Be Thankful is in place. The first phase of the work to realign the southern end of the OMR route, reducing the risk of flooding, is well underway and expected to be complete this spring.

“Design work for both the long-term solution and future phases of the medium-term improvements is being taken forward and these public engagement events next month will update local communities and road users on how this design work is progressing and let them comment on our latest plans. A virtual exhibition will also go live on 18 March for those unable to attend the public events.

“All of this underlines the Scottish Government’s commitment to work with key stakeholders and local communities to ensure that Argyll and Bute remains open for business.”

Details of the public engagement events:

Monday 18 March, 10am to 4pm – South Kintyre Development Trust Hall, 32 Kirk Street, Campbeltown, PA28 6BL
Tuesday 19 March, 12noon to 7pm – Lochgilphead Baptist Church, Union Street, Lochgilphead, PA31 8LP
Wednesday 20 March, 10am to 4pm – Lochgoilhead Village Hall, 8 Hall Road, Lochgoilhead, PA24 8AQ
Thursday 21 March, 10am to 4pm – Three Villages Hall, Shore Road, Arrochar, G83 7AB

(Picture – Transport Scotland)


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