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Storm Callum brings further delays for A83 landslide repairs

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Storm Callum, which has caused multiple landslides across the UK including one which resulted in a fatality, has also affected the work to repair the A83 Rest and Be Thankful in Scotland following major landslides on Tuesday and further ground movement on Friday.

Transport Scotland’s term maintenance contractor Bear Scotland said that, as of Saturday, 230mm had fallen across the area since 7 October.

In a statement, the contractor said: “Despite difficult conditions in a challenging environment, a combined effort is continuing to safely assess the hillside, continue with the clear-up of debris and repair and empty the catch-fences above the carriageway.

“Multiple experienced teams including rope access personnel, geotechnical engineers, specialist machinery operators, Bear Scotland operations teams and heavy plant contractors involving multiple diggers and tipper trucks are working through the challenging conditions to prepare the area to reopen once considered safe.”

Bear said that improved weather yesterday allowed work to assess the secondary landslides that occurred on Friday to continue.

Road and hillside conditions are expected to be reviewed this morning to determine the timeframes for reopening the Old Military Road.

Bear Scotland north west manager Eddie Ross said: “Now that Storm Callum has passed our geotechnical experts can get a closer look at the hillside and consider what needs to be done prior to the Old Military Road and ultimately the A83 re-opening.

“We’re aware of the impact this is having on the busy weekend and holiday traffic and businesses. Our additional safety patrol on the diversion route via A85 Dalmally proved to be useful yesterday assisting motorists and dealing with issues caused by the storm. This will continue today and until the route re-opens.

“As ever, we thank the local community and road users for their patience and assure them we’re doing everything we can to address the multiple landslips at the Rest and Be Thankful as quickly and safely as we can. We remind road users that Argyll remains open for business, and rest assured we’re doing everything possible to get the Old Military Road and A83 open as soon as it is safe to do so.”


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