A83 reopens again after safety check

Landslips at the Rest and Be Thankful hill pass have hit tourism hard.

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The A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful has reopened again today.

BEAR Scotland said it would remain in use under convoy during daylight hours with the Old Military Road then used during the hours of darkness.

The A83 was closed during Monday (January 11) following a Met Office yellow warning for heavy rain across the West of Scotland.

BEAR Scotland said today that a safety inspection had been carried out and that all traffic will be safely convoyed through the section between 9am-3.30pm.

During darkness, road users will be diverted via the Old Military Road (OMR) as a safety precaution, it said.

Meanwhile, work continues to strengthen the temporary bund to protect the OMR.

It has been designed as a barrier to the A83 alternative route, providing ‘additional resilience and greater confidence’ in keeping the route open in inclement weather, said BEAR Scotland.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s north west representative said: ‘The A83 reopened this morning following an inspection by our geotechnical teams after yesterday’s heavy rain.

‘We’ll continue to closely monitor weather conditions in the area and ensure we’re doing everything we can to keep road users safe.

‘As ever we thank the local community and motorists for their patience while we continue with work to address the ongoing situation at the rest.”

Journey information is available from Traffic Scotland at www.trafficscotland.org.