Move to end traffic delays on A83

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A temporary traffic light system is set to replace the current convoy operation on the A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful during daylight hours from today (Friday, April 16).

As travel restrictions across the country are lifted, the aim is to help cut motorist waiting times when passing through the Glen Croe area where works continue to take place, said BEAR Scotland.

But it also revealed that one lane of the A83 through the area remains closed for the safety of the general public and operatives.

BEAR Scotland said the lane closure would remain in place throughout ‘most of 2021’ until the work is complete, said BEAR Scotland.

The lane closure is needed to allow access to heavy machinery and equipment, it said.

One lane of the A83 has been open under convoy operation during the daytime since January 8, dependent on the weather.

It was brought into to safely escort traffic past the steep channel formed by landslips last year.

The convoy system will remain in place at night as hillside conditions are monitored during the hours of darkness.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s north west representative said: ‘Switching to traffic light operation on the A83 at the Rest will help to reduce motorist waiting times, meaning less disruption to journeys into Argyll.

‘With travel restrictions easing across the country later this week we’re expecting an increase in traffic across the road network, so hopefully this change in operation will help reduce any impact to journey times while still ensuring we are keeping people safe when travelling through Glen Croe.

He said teams had made good progress in strengthening the mitigation measures above and below the A83.

‘We’re continuing to operate a safety-first approach and will only keep the A83 in operation if we are absolutely content that it is safe to do so.

‘The OMR will remain on standby ready to be used as an alternative route through the glen should weather conditions deteriorate.’

Motorists are advised to keep a check on journey information on www.trafficscotland.org.