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A83 task force to consider additional investment

teams have been working to carry out repairs to the debris fences above a83 carriageway

Scottish transport minister Michael Matheson is set to attend a meeting of the A83 task force this week following landslides which close the road at Rest and Be Thankful for nine days last month.

It is expected that the meeting on 15 November could look at additional investment on the route to further mitigate the risk of landslides.

Transport Scotland has said that £69.8M has been invested in maintaining the A83 since 2007, which includes £11M in landslide mitigation measures and improvements to the Old Military Road local diversion over 2013 and 2014.

Work is currently underway on a £4.4M programme to create roadside catchpits to prevent landslide debris from reaching the carriageway and this work is expected to be completed in 2020. These catchpits helped to prevent some of the debris from reaching the carriageway during the slope failures in October and Transport Scotland’s terma maintenance contractor Bear Scotland said that repair work to these and debris catch fences is still underway.

A spokesperson for Transport Scotland said: “The cabinet secretary for transport will reconvene the A83 Taskforce in Inveraray on 15 November, where the ongoing challenges at the Rest and Be Thankful will be considered.”


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