A83 improvements continue at pace
The A83 Taskforce has been given a further update on the on-going work to improve the operation of one of Scotland’s most iconic routes.
Transport Minister Humza Yousaf outlined the details of the work programme for 2017/2018 at a meeting in Arrochar today.
The planned package, for which funding was announced last year, includes further landslide mitigation at The Rest and Be Thankful and Glen Kinglas as well as wider improvements at Whitebridge Cottage and Strone Point.
The programme was welcomed by the Taskforce, which includes members of local businesses and community representatives.
Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said:
“We had an extremely positive discussion at the Taskforce today and I had the opportunity to outline on-going work on the A83, demonstrating the Scottish Government’s continuing commitment to Argyll and Bute.
“This is a lifeline route and we are listening to local concerns and taking a positive approach to landslide mitigation. A comprehensive and innovative range of solutions has been implemented so far, including netting and the upgrade of the Old Military Road, and these measures will be enhanced further with the construction of new catch-pits.
“The total investment in landslide mitigation at the will stand at Rest to £13.5 million by the end of 2018. In total, £56 million has been invested in the A83 since 2007 and we’ll see the latest results of this in the coming weeks with the completion of work to widen the Old Military Road diversion route.”