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Highlands and Islands Labour MSP Rhoda Grant has warned that disruption for users of the A83 will continue for some time.
She commented on news that Transport Scotland had announced Glen Croe, or option one, as its preferred ‘corridor’ for a permanent solution at the Rest and Be Thankful.
Ms Grant questioned the timing of the announcement close to an election but added: ‘I welcome that an option has been picked and I appreciate the focus on delivering this solution quickly.
‘Any progress will provide some relief to communities across Argyll and Bute who have been inconvenienced for literally decades.
‘Up until now the Scottish Government have simply been trying to paper over the cracks, which has in turn has cost communities money, time and stress.
‘What is clear is that this solution will take some time to put in place and meantime we are stuck with a route that is closed more often than open.
‘The Scottish Government must look at these short and medium-term mitigation measures and implement them urgently.’
Mrs Grant continued: ‘Notwithstanding that, I do welcome this news and I would encourage everyone to review and take part in the next stage of public consultation which identifies the different routes within the corridor.’
The consultation on the Glen Croe route can be found at www.transport.gov.scot/projects/a83-access-to-argyll-and-bute/project-details/#64777