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A83 taskforce to reconvene after further landslides

Another landslide on the A83 at Rest and Be Thankful in Scotland this morning has led Transport Scotland to reconvene the taskforce formed in 2012 to focus on the problem.

The meeting is scheduled to take place on 18 March to discuss the recent landslides in the area.

Transport minister Keith Brown said that further meetings of the taskforce were planned but the next meeting has been brought forward in order to address concerns raised by the local community.

“The Scottish Government, working closely with our stakeholder partners, has already invested nearly £7.5M on the A83 around the Rest and be Thankful,” said Brown. “This is a clear sign of our intent to find solutions to keep the A83 open and operational. The Old Military Road diversion is currently operational and is a clear example of our efforts.

“The A83 Route Study has recommended actions to address landslide hazards at other locations, in particular Glen Kinglas, Cairndow and Loch Shira, to give a comparable level of landslide protection to that proposed at the Rest and Be Thankful. We have progressed investigations at all three sites and the output of this will be a report recommending areas within each site which are considered high risk, together with potential mitigation options.

“Following this morning’s closure, I have asked members of the A83 Taskforce to agree to bring forward our next meeting to take place in less than a fortnight.”

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