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Millions more pledged for A83 landslide mitigation

Heavy duty: Debris flow barriers protect the vulnerable A83 Rest and Be Thankful from inundation

Transport Scotland has pledged £6.6M more investment in the A83, including more than £4M for landslide mitigation measures at the Rest and Be Thankful pass.

Transport Scotland is already spending £3M for the programme for the next year, however the latest money is in addition to this. It was announced by the transport minister, Derek Mackay, at the A83 Task Force meeting yesterday.

Transport Minister Derek Mackay said: “More than £50M has been invested in the A83 since 2007 underlining the Scottish Government’s commitment to keeping Argyll and Bute open for business.

“The most recent landslides have shown that the mitigation measures introduced, including netting, catchpits and culverts, are doing their job with thousands of tonnes of debris being caught on various occasions.

“The elements have thrown some horrendous conditions our way, especially at the end of last year with the wettest December on record. We are already learning lessons from the events that occurred as a result of the exceptional rainfall and the additional investment being outlined today will help strengthen our response further.

“We are listening to the concerns of the local community and taking action to further enhance the Old Military Road. We will continue to work with all interested parties as we move forward with the on-going improvements on the A83.”

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