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I was one of the many people trapped in their cars on the evening of Tuesday January 16 on the B842 from Campbeltown to Carradale.
The weather conditions were atrocious and it was impossible to drive up the slightest of hills, so seven other cars behind me and I were trapped from about 5.30pm till 8.30pm.
Some faced a longer wait until good Samaritans with 4 X 4 vehicles like Stuart Macalister rescued us and drove us home.
Thanks also to Bobby Willan for helping out and keeping spirits up and other members of the community.
This was a very scary situation for someone who has never experienced such conditions and the prospect of potentially spending the night trapped in one’s car.
The feeling among those also trapped were of anger but they were not entirely surprised that the road had not been sufficiently gritted, if at all.
I am not in the habit of bashing the council or indeed the hard working gritters who try and keep the roads safe.
I appreciate that we are in an era of cost cutting measures, but I as are most road users who drive to work from Carradale are constantly being battered about and reminded of the disgraceful condition of the road.
One is constantly trying to avoid pot holes only to drive into others and this is no exaggeration.
I know that my car is being battered and that I will eventually be left with a huge bill for repair, but I have no choice.
The question to the roads department of Argyll and Bute council is: ‘Is this road ever going to be repaired?
‘Why was this particular road not gritted satisfactorily? Will you pay for any garage repair bills due directly to the road conditions?
‘Will it take someone to be seriously injured until something is done?’