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
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