24-hour opening for A83 at Rest

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The A83 trunk road at the Rest and Be Thankful is to remain in operation 24-hours a day when weather and hillside conditions allow, BEAR Scotland has said.

It follows a successful week-long trial last week allowed teams to look at what is required to safely operate the A83 overnight and to review its monitoring processes to help identify any concerns on the hillside during poor weather.

The Old Military Road (OMR) was brought into use as a precaution on Thursday night due to increased heavy rain showers.

But the switch was made with ‘minimal disruption’ to road users, it said.

The OMR will remain on standby as an alternative route through Glen Croe should conditions take a turn for the worse.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s north west representative, said: ‘After reviewing our processes and monitoring techniques for keeping the A83 operational 24-hours a day, we’re content to keep the route open continuously under convoy operation when weather conditions allow.

‘This will allow more reliable journey times for road users and help to minimise disruption while we continue with work to strengthen landslip mitigation measures in place at the Rest.’