Scottish transport minister Keith Brown has said that a further £6M is to be invested to mitigate the effects of landslides on the A83 in Argyll and Bute.
Brown made the announcement at this week’s meeting of the A83 Taskforce, which was formed in 2012 following a rise in the number of landslides affecting the route.
According to Brown, the new funding will allow other parts of the route to be protected now that work at the Rest and Be Thankful section is nearing completion. He said that ground investigations have been completed at Cairndow and Loch Shira as well as at Glen Kinglas and the new funding allocation will allow mitigation work to get underway there.
The remainder of the investment will help with delivery of other maintenance schemes on the A83, such as The Strone Point realignment and the trunking of the A83 from Kennacraig to Campbeltown.
“In the last seven years, the Scottish government has invested more than £32M on the A83, a clear acknowledgement that it is a lifeline route for communities,” said Brown. “We want the road to remain operational, whatever the conditions, and we have made landslide mitigation our priority.
“Solutions are being delivered by Transport Scotland, with almost £8M spent around the Rest and Be Thankful in recent years. Debris fences at this location have made a positive difference and the local diversion route along The Old Military Road has been used successfully.
“The A83 Route Study recommended actions to address landslide hazards at other locations and this funding will allow us to take forward a programme that will achieve a similar level of residual risk from landslides that we have achieved at The Rest.”