Scotland’s Rest and Be Thankful faces further closures

Scotland’s picturesque but landslip-threatened road the A83 Rest and Be Thankful is facing further closures over fears of mudslides due to heavy rain.

The road has already been closed this week over fears heavy rain could cause disruption, but following an early morning safety inspection, all traffic is now using the trunk road under traffic light control.

Motorists had been diverted to use the parallel single track Old Military Road local diversion route through the centre of Glen Croe.

Teams remain onsite monitoring conditions in the area because of fears more rain could cause problems, ready to implement the Old Military Road diversion route should conditions in the area deteriorate.

A yellow Met Office warning for thunderstorms has been issued across central and southern Scotland from 10am on Friday until 9am on Saturday, which extends to parts of Argyll.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative, said, “We reopened the A83… following an early morning assessment of the hillside and water channels at the Rest, along with a review of the weather forecast.

“Safety remains our top priority, and with further showers expected to move in overnight and throughout Friday we will be keeping a close eye on conditions, with teams ready to implement the OMR local diversion route should conditions begin to worsen in the area.

“As ever we thank the local community and all road users for their continued patience while we continue with our work at the Rest.”

(Picture – Bear Scotland)

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