03-10-13 A83 Closed updated now open
Heavy rain causing landslides.
Following heavy rain overnight, the A83 trunk road is closed today (Thursday 3rd October) due to landslips at two locations, Glen Kinglas and Glen Croe. The Old Military Road diversion route is also affected and is not in use. Clearing work is under way but it is likely that the A83 will remain closed throughout the day.
Traffic Scotland is advising that westbound traffic should take the A82 from Tarbet to Crianlarich, continuing to Tyndrum for the A85 to Dalmally and then the A819 to Inveraray. Vehicles travelling east should proceed to Dalmally on the A819 from Inveraray, then the A85 to Tyndrum before joining the A82 to Crianlarich and Tarbet. Diversion signs are in place.
Ferry services between Hunter’s Quay and McInroy’s Point, Gourock are running as normal.
The B828 Glen More road is not accessible and the A82 diversion route should be used. There is access for local traffic only on the B839 Lochgoilhead road.
Argyll and Bute Council Leader, Councillor Dick Walsh, said: “We are concerned to make sure that Argyll and Bute remains open for business, especially with the October school holidays approaching and to make the most of the last few weeks of the vital tourist season.
“Following today’s closure of the A83 trunk road, we have written to Transport Scotland seeking confirmation of the suitability of the risk assessment and contingency planning for the A82 works at Pulpit Rock. The people who visit, live and work in Argyll and Bute depend on these lifeline routes and we need to ensure that they are able to continue to go about their business. We will, of course, offer any assistance that we can to Transport Scotland and work closely with them and the police to find the best possible solution for everyone.”
Further information about the A83 trunk road’s status can be found at www.trafficscotland.org
Issued by Aileen McNicol
Argyll and Bute Council
Tel: 01546 604103
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