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Rest and Be Thankful diversion on target

The second meeting of the A83 Rest and Be Thankful taskforce has reported that work on constructing a diversion to the landslide-stricken route is progressing well.

“Over £2M is being invested at the Rest and Be Thankful, including construction of the emergency diversion route and I have seen for myself the substantial works already completed,” said taskforce chairman and transport minister Keith Brown.

Laying new road foundations and asphalt, road widening to accommodate HGVs and improved drainage have already been completed on the diversion. Brown reports that good progress has been made in agreeing final terms with the private landowner at the Old Military Road to allow construction on this section of the road.

Work on mitigating against the effects of the landslide are also continuing with the first two phases of protective debris netting now completed. Phases three and four are due to get started shortly. 

Brown added that the feasibility study into longer term solutions to tackle the impact of landslips remains on schedule to report in draft form by the end of October, with the final report by the end of the year.

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