Rest and Be Thankful road shut for a week due to landslip fears

The key A83 route in Scotland at Rest and Be Thankful, which is used as a way to travel between Glasgow and west coast has been shut for a week because the hillside overlooking it is saturated after a period of heavy rain.

Traffic is being diverted along a single-lane road nearby with a convoy system in operation.

Although the road has opened at points during the day over the last week, it has been closed much of the time and for every night.

The Herald Newspaper explains that campaigners have long called for a full public inquiry to determine why the road is still so threatened by landslides, and have called on Scottish Transport Minister Jenny Gilruth to intervene.

One told the paper: “The transport minister really does need to step in and resolve this continuing problem to stop this continual landslip threat.”

The A83 is an almost 100-mile trunk road connecting the Mull of Kintyre and southern Argyll to the shores of Loch Lomond.

The Herald has calculated that about 1.3 million vehicles travel the route every year and it acts as an important transport link for mainland Argyll as well as the Inner Hebrides.

(Picture – Bear Scotland)


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