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Scottish mudslip triggers call for extra hill checks

HIGHWAY MAINTENANCE contractors last month urged the Scottish Executive to put in place patrols of trunk roads at risk from landslips, after 20 vehicles narrowly avoided a massive mudslide in August.

Contractor Bear Scotland said that patrols could help ensure the safety of motorists on atrisk trunk roads during bouts of heavy rain.

More than 10,000m 3of mud, boulders and trees engulfed a section of the A85 in Glen Ogle on 18 August after persistent heavy rainfall. It is thought the 100mm to 300mm layer of topsoil on the rocky cliff became unstable after being saturated over a nine day period.

Traffic had already been halted by after a smaller landslip, but a Bear Scotland maintenance team which drove beyond it in a four wheel drive vehicle was swept away by the bigger mudslide.

Scottish transport minister Nicol Stephen said: 'We need to identify potential trouble spots and to receive expert advice. Nobody should underestimate how serious each of these incidents could have been, ' he said.

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