Rest and Be Thankful shut as safety precaution due to heavy rain

The A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful road in Scotland has been closed with all traffic diverted overnight to the nearby Old Military Road.

BEAR Scotland says that given the current forecast for more heavy rain later in the week, further use of diversions on to the Old Military Road and convoy control on the A83 may be required.

A meeting is being held to assess the latest weather forecast and hillside conditions. The decision regarding traffic management arrangements will be made during this meeting. They say given the poor weather forecast, it is likely a combination of Old Military Road diversions and convoy operations on the A83 will continue throughout this week.  

The Old Military Road is a single-track road through the centre of Glen Croe which is used as a local diversion when necessary. Construction work continues on strengthening the landslide mitigation measures in the area.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West representative said: “We’re putting road user safety first and diverting all traffic to use the Old Military Road from 7pm as a safety precaution due to tonight’s weather forecast of heavy rain showers.

“A band of heavy rain is expected to impact the area from this afternoon, becoming heavy by mid-afternoon and continuing through the rest of the day and overnight into Tuesday morning.  

“We have teams closely monitoring conditions in the area as well as the hillside above the A83, and we’ll assess the situation tomorrow morning with a view to re-opening the trunk road as quickly as possible if conditions permit and it is safe to do so.

“As ever, we thank all road users and the local community for their patience in advance while we continue with our work to address the Rest and Be Thankful.”

(Picture – BEAR Scotland)


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