A83 changes as rain is forecast

The A83 Rest and Be Thankful and the Old Military Road (OMR).

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The Old Military Road local diversion route beside the A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful is to be used for all traffic from 8pm tonight.

It follows the heavy rain forecast across the area with the Met Office expecting thunderstorms, said BEAR Scotland.

The OMR, a single-track road which runs parallel to the A83 through the centre of Glen Croe, will be used overnight.

All traffic will be convoyed along the route throughout the night as a safety precaution, BEAR Scotland said.

From midday, the A83 will operate under convoy operation which will remain in place until 8pm this evening.

All traffic will then be switched to use the OMR with an assessment to take place at around noon tomorrow (Wednesday, July 28) to determine if it is safe to reopen the A83 as before.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s north west representative, said:  ‘Tonight’s forecast has indicated heavy rain throughout the night which is difficult to monitor the impact of on the hillside during the hours of darkness, with further heavy rain expected tomorrow morning.

‘We’re continuing to put road user safety first and will therefore reinstate the OMR from 8pm as a precaution.

‘We’ll assess the area tomorrow lunchtime once the weather front has passed and determine if it is safe to reopen the A83 as before.

‘Teams are continuing to pay close attention to the weather conditions in the area and are monitoring the hillside for any changes.

‘As ever, we thank all road users and the local community for their patience in advance while we continue with our work to address the Rest and Be Thankful.’

Real time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org.