A83 Taskforce updated on planned improvements

A83 Taskforce updated on planned improvements

Transport minister Jenny Gilruth chaired the latest meeting of the A83 Taskforce in Arrochar to provide an update on medium-term solutions for the Rest and be Thankful.

The minister confirmed that realignment work to the south end of the existing Old Military Road through the Glen Croe corridor will get underway later this year.

This work is part of the medium-term solution to the challenges at the Rest And Be Thankful, aiming to make it a more resilient diversion route, until the long-term solution to the problems at the Rest and Be Thankful is constructed.

Ms Gilruth, said: “The Scottish Government remains committed to a long-term solution to the landslip risks at the A83 Rest and Be Thankful.

“There is a clear need for pace and urgency on delivering these improvements for the local community and local business who often feel the brunt of closure and the associated impacts that creates. A final decision on the long-term solution will be announced by the spring of this year.

“Following the decision last month to progress the identified improvements to the existing Old Military Road, work will begin this year to realign the southern end of the route.

“The planned improvements to the Old Military Road will increase resilience of the temporary diversion route by reducing the likelihood of landslides impacting the route. These improvements will mean more certainty for locals and road users if the A83 has to shut due to adverse weather conditions.

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

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