A83 RABT to remain closed overnight

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The A83 Rest and Be Thankful will remain closed this evening after 2,500 tonnes of debris from multiple landslips reached the catch-fences above the carriageway.

Prolonged heavy rain throughout the day has prevented teams from safely accessing the slope to investigate the potential for any further landslips.

They are now planning to access the slope above the carriageway at first light tomorrow to carry out a full geotechnical inspection and evaluate its stability, before clear-up operations can get underway.

Four of the recently installed fences have stopped the majority of material from reaching the A83 carriageway, but a large boulder has damaged one of the fences and some debris has reached the A83 carriageway and the Old Military Road below.

Teams are working to mobilise machinery to the Rest and Be Thankful to begin clear-up operations at the Old Military Road and the A83 carriageway as soon as the inspection is complete.

Work will then begin to open the Old Military Road as an alternative route before the debris fences on the hillside are cleared and repaired to allow the A83 to be reopened.

Tommy Deans, BEAR Scotland’s north west network manager said:

‘Teams have been working hard in very challenging conditions today to try and assess the extent of the landslips.

‘Heavy rain is making it difficult for teams to assess the likelihood of any further occurrences elsewhere on the slope, with approximately 75mm of rain recorded at the RABT.

‘The specialist debris fencing has prevented the vast majority of material from reaching the roadside, however some debris has spilled onto the carriageway below with some reaching the Old Military Road.

‘Safety continues to be our top priority and until we are completely satisfied that no further material will come down the hillside, the A83 and Old Military Road will remain closed.

‘A full geotechnical assessment is being planned for the slope above the carriageway to check on the condition of the hillside, and once this is given the green-light we’ll begin the clear-up of the Old Military Road and A83 carriageway.

‘We’re mobilising machinery into position tonight to help our teams continue these efforts tomorrow.

‘In the meantime we encourage people to follow the diversion route via Dalmally or use alternative forms of travel.

‘We’ll continue to update stakeholders and encourage all road users to check Traffic Scotland for the latest travel information.’

Further updates will be issued tomorrow.

These are the alternative travel options:

Ferry provider Western Ferries has doubled their services to help accommodate diverted traffic.

Up to date information available at www.western-ferries.co.uk by phone 01369 704452 or email enquiries@western-ferries.co. uk

An alternative diversion route is in place as follows – A82/ A85 / A819: Westbound Turn right onto the A82 at Tarbet and follow the road until Crianlarich – Turn left onto A82 and continue until Tyndrum – Turn left onto the A85 and continue until Dalmally – Turn left onto A819 and follow the road until Inveraray. Thereafter follow permanent signing.

Distance: 58.8 miles. Eastbound At Inveraray, turn left onto the A819 then follow the road until Dalmally – Turn right onto the A85 and continue until Tyndrum – Turn right onto the A82 and follow the road to Crianlarich – Turn right onto A82 and follow the road until Tarbet. Distance: 58.8 miles.