Permanent solution for the A83 Rest and Be Thankful

For several years now, residents and businesses across Argyll and Bute and further afield have seen one of the main roads linking Argyll to the rest of Scotland partially closed off because of landslides.

The Rest and Be Thankful section of the A83 road is an iconic stretch of road, with stunning scenery around it, and a long and proud history in the surrounding area. Above all else, it is a vital section of road, linking communities across Argyll to the Central Belt of Scotland, including Kintyre, Cowal, and Mid-Argyll.

There have been multiple instances of landslides blocking this section of road over many years, and despite recent investment on landslide mitigation measures, these problems persist.

Blockages to the road can be devastating for the local economy and for businesses, as well as being severely disruptive for local residents given the limited travel options available as an alternative to the A83.

It is clear that a permanent solution is required, which ensures that the A83 is fully accessible all year round, and that the uncertainty caused by landslides is avoided as best as practicably possible.

The community needs to come together, as one voice, to tell the Scottish Government that decisive action is needed now.

Donald Cameron MSP 

Sign the petition today:

https://www.change.org/p/scottish-government-urge-the-scottish-government-to-seek-a-permanent-solution-for-the-a83-rest-and-be-thankful 

News

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Concern A83 diversionary route crumbling

Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron has said that he is becoming increasingly concerned by reports from local people that the Old Military Road, an alternative route used when the A83 is closed, is crumbling as a result of increased traffic.

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SNP lack of action on A83 “inexcusable”

Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron has described the SNP Government’s lack of action in delivering a permanent solution to the problems besetting the A83 as “inexcusable”, after Argyll and Bute Council today passed an emergency motion on the ongoing impact of frequent road closures.

Public urged to respond to A83 consultation

Two local Argyll politicians have called on the general public to participate in Transport Scotland’s ongoing public consultation into a new route into Argyll in response to a series of landslides at the A83 Rest and Be Thankful.