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Eleven ‘corridor’ options for the A83 can now be viewed online with a deadline for public comments of October 30.
The options are detailed on a dedicated project page on the Transport Scotland website.
The 11 options are being assessed by a project team to decide a ‘preferred route corridor’ by spring next year.
The ‘Access to Argyll and Bute (A83)’ project feedback forms are here: https://www.transport.gov.scot/media/48162/feedback-form-a83-access-to-argyll-and-bute-pdf-version-sept-2020.pdf.
Michael Matheson, cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity, appealed for people to visit the page and give input by October 30.
‘We recognise that the timescales for an alternative to the current route are frustrating for the local community but in recognition of the pressures the current situation brings, we remain committed to progressing substantial shorter term investment in the existing A83 in tandem with the work to identify a permanent solution as part of a two phased approach.
‘This work underlines the Scottish Government’s commitment to continued work with key stakeholders and local communities to ensure that Argyll and Bute remains open for business.’
Mr Matheson said he understood the ‘frustration and disruption’ that recent landslips at the A83 Rest and Be Thankful had caused.
He said: ‘While our previous and on-going investment in catch pits has helped keep the road open for an estimated 48 days when it would otherwise have closed, I realise people are looking for a long term solution to dealing with landslips at the site and we are committed to delivering one.
‘Transport Scotland is now taking forward the project development and assessment work required to deliver an alternative infrastructure solution to the existing A83, in parallel with the second Strategic Transport Projects Review.’
‘We are committed to placing public engagement and meaningful dialogue with directly affected communities and other stakeholders at the heart of the development and delivery of our plans for improving the route.
‘We want to ensure that communities have the opportunity to comment on the proposals for the scheme at every stage in the process.’
Jo Blewett, Transport Scotland’s project director for the project, said it was the first of several ‘engagement’ exercises to take place between now and spring next year.
‘At this stage we are particularly interested in any local constraints or issues that will help inform our design and assessment work.
‘As part of our design work, we are also seeking contact from local community groups to help plan our future programme of engagement.’