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No date to reopen landslide road

A major Scottish tourist route closed by a landslide will not reopen until engineers are convinced there is no chance of a repeat occurrence, maintenance workers have said.

About 800 tonnes of mud and rock crashed onto the A83 at the Rest And Be Thankful, west of Loch Lomond, prompting officials to close 11 miles of the road in both directions. Road maintenance company Scotland TranServ used 17 lorries to clean up the site and has already removed 730 tonnes of debris, with about 10% left.

But with the road shut between the A814 at Arrochar and the A815 turn-off near Cairndow in Argyll, motorists are forced to follow a 55-mile detour. When a landslide happened in the same spot in 2007, the road did not reopen for several weeks.

Scotland TranServ spokesman Cathel Macaskill said: “Huge inroads have been made in the removal of the debris, however the experts have to assess the hillside and whether there is a possibility of a reoccurrence.

“It really hinges on that as to when the road will be open again. The overriding factor has to be the safety of the people who use the road.”

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