Letter: A83 is ‘genuinely dangerous’

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I have been driving up and down between Glasgow and Southend on a fairly regular basis for more than 50 years, and, without doubt, I have never seen the A83 in worse condition.

It is in a shocking state some 15 miles short of Inverary all the way down to Southend. Not only is it shocking, it is genuinely dangerous, with frequent large potholes and many extremely rough patches.

It is difficult enough during the day. At night it is lethal because you cannot properly see those rough patches until you are virtually upon them.

Inevitably, a number of motorists have experienced tyre blow-outs and other damage. I imagine West Coast Motors, who run regular daily services, will be furious.

The major road works, at Strone Point, just short of Inverary must be costing a fortune, and by the looks of it, could last for years.
Yes, it was a very sharp corner there, but it was well signposted and little problem for careful drivers.

Surely the Scottish government would have been better spending their  money on proper maintenance on the A83 and not on this major – but not essential – road works.

When the smoothest stretch of road on the journey is the Moss Road you know the situation is bad, so bad that it is bound to affect much needed tourism.

Jock MacVicar,

11 Melrose Gardens,


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