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A83 Rest and Be Thankful

The A83 trunk road at the Rest and Be Thankful is an area prone to risk from landslides. Transport Scotland is investing to reduce the risk of landslides in this location.

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A83 Rest and Be Thankful


Journey planning

In the event of a landslide it may be necessary to close the A83 Rest and Be Thankful.

To help road users to plan their journeys in the event of a closure, we created a leaflet to provide information on the steps Transport Scotland and our Operating Company will take to reopen the road.

View the journey planning leaflet (PDF, 1.1 MB).

About the project

There has been an increased frequency in recent years of heavy, intense and prolonged periods of rainfall.Transport Scotland has a method of assessing and ranking the hazards posed by debris flows, according to the Scottish Road Network Landslide Study. According to this assessment, the A83 Ardgarten to Rest and Be Thankful is among the most highly ranked debris sites in Scotland.  Find out more about the background to this project.

Preventative work and FAQs

We have invested approximately £1.3 million in prevention and early warning systems including monitoring equipment, debris flow netting and a new culvert at a previous landslide site, 'Wig-Wag' flashing amber lights to advise motorists of severe weather warnings and landslide patrols at risk locations when heavy rain is forecast.

A83 taskforce

The taskforce was set up in August 2012. Find out more information about the taskforce including minutes and newsletters.

A83 Route Study

The A83 Route Study was undertaken to identify and appraise potential options to minimise the effects of road closures with the aim of reducing the impact on journey times and reducing the economic impact to the A83 Study area.

The Red Option and landslide mitigation

Transport Scotland has been working on developing a programme of further mitigation works as part of the ‘Red Option' at the Rest and Be Thankful. £4 million has been invested in taking forward these improvements as well as moving forward the recommendations from the Part B report in the 2013/2014 financial year.

Previous landslides

Read about previous events at the Rest and Be Thankful.

About landslides

Scotland's scenery of high mountains and steep valleys can be prone to landslides under periods of extended heavy rainfall. Read more about how we work to manage the impact.

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