A83 fix lacks timeline, says MSPs

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Opposition political parties have criticised the lack of certainty over the long-term solution for the A83.

Labour and Conservative candidates both said the announcement by Transport Scotland failed to provide a clear timeline.

John Erskine, Scottish Labour candidate for the Highlands and Islands, said: Any progress on finding a lasting solution to the Rest and Be Thankful is, of course, welcome, but without any additional information on timescales communities in Argyll and Bute will remain concerned about the pace of the proposals.’

Mr Erskine, the opposition spokesman for energy, connectivity and the islands, raised concerns over what he called a central belt bias.

And Donald Cameron, the Conservative Highlands and Islands MSP, said the announcement ‘failed’ to commit the Scottish Government to a firm date and raised the issue in First Minister’s Questions.

Mr Cameron said: ‘Once again, all I got from Nicola Sturgeon was warm words. Once again, the supposed need for consultation and statutory processes was used as an excuse for procrastination.’

He said the SNP had promised a solution for 14 years but the area still had ‘no idea when, if ever, there will be a permanent solution’.

‘This failure to provide any assurances is a huge blow to businesses and communities across Argyll and Bute,’ said Mr Cameron.