MP demands proper Rest plan

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Argyll and Bute’s MP is demanding the same infrastructure investment that built the new Forth road bridge be spent on the A83.

MP Brendan O’Hara has asked for an urgent meeting with Michael Mathieson, the Scottish government cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity after this week’s landslip at Rest and Be Thankful.

Mr O’Hara said: ‘The rural west of Scotland had suffered decades of under investment and depopulation.

‘While I’m extremely grateful for the work the Scottish Government have done thus far at the Rest and Be Thankful, we need a permanent solution and that means investment.’

‘I’m not an engineer and I would not pretend to have the answers.

‘The re-population and with it the economic regeneration of my constituency depends on a permanent solution and that’s what I am keen to discuss with the minister.’

‘The Scottish government has shown itself to be bold and ambitious in the scale and scope of major infrastructure projects.

‘One needs only look at the magnificent Queensferry Crossing for an example of that.

‘I’ll be asking the transport minister to view the A83 in that same light.

‘A vital economic artery for the West of Scotland deserves the same level of support as the bridge over the Forth or the Aberdeen by-pass.’