Video: Camera captures unstable ground moving above A83

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The A83 and Old Military Road at the Rest and Be Thankful are to remain closed throughout Thursday as a safety precaution with BEAR Scotland reporting that material continues to move down the hillside slopes above the A83.

Although no material has yet reached the vital A-road, teams are continuing to assess and inspect the debris on the hillside using CCTV and time-lapse monitoring.

The debris includes soil, cobbles and large boulders.

With a period of dry weather forecast over the coming days, teams are preparing to undertake more detailed inspections as water saturation levels on the hillside reduce.

In the meantime, the OMR and A83 will remain closed overnight tonight (Wednesday) and throughout Thursday on safety grounds.

All traffic will continue to be diverted between Tarbet and Inveraray via the A82, A85 and A819.

Ferries are also available between Dunoon and Gourock as an alternative route to the standard diversion.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s north west representative said: ‘We continue to observe the hillside and remain concerned over the movement observed on the slope above the A83.

‘For safety reasons we’re keeping the A83 and OMR closed at this time.  With a few days of dry weather approaching we’re hoping that this will help stabilise the material.

‘We understand the frustration and concerns of local communities and business at this difficult time but we must continue to put road user safety first and we thank all motorists and the local community for their continued patience.’