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Taskforce to tackle A83 landslips

Transport Scotland is to set up a taskforce to solve ongoing slope stability problems on the A83 at Rest and Be Thankful in Argyll and Bute after a landslide closed the route for three days last week, resulting in diversions of up to 80km.

Transport Scotland is to set up a taskforce to solve ongoing slope stability problems on the A83 at Rest and Be Thankful in Argyll and Bute after a landslide closed the route for three days last week, resulting in diversions of up to 80km.

More than 1,000t of debris slid onto the road on 1 August after heavy rain, but the clean-up by Transport Scotland’s trunk road operator Scotland TranServ was delayed for over 24 hours because continued instability meant the area was “too dangerous”.

This landslide was the fifth to close the same section of the A83 in five years. The road is subject to regular restrictions when the tilt meter-based monitoring system installed at the site shows that further movement is imminent.

A single traffic-controlled lane was opened on Friday evening while debris clearance continued.

Scottish Cabinet secretary for infrastructure and capital investment Alex Neil announced plans to target the problem while visiting the site on Friday.

“The Scottish Government and Transport Scotland remain determined to deliver an emergency alternative to this lifeline route which serves communities throughout Argyll,” he said.

“We are also developing measures to make the main route safer and less exposed to landslides in future, and I can confirm that a taskforce will be set up immediately to oversee progress.”

Neil said that the taskforce, which will be chaired by Scottish transport minister Keith Brown, will meet on 15 August and will include representatives from all key players.

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