A83 and Old Military Road closed till next week

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The A83 and Old Military Road will definitly not open till next week.

The outlook is complicated by further forecasts of heavy rain in the coming days. Despite the challenging weather and new slips this morning, work continues to protect the road from debris.

This morning, around 300 tonnes of new debris reached the A83 and around 50 tonnes had reached the OMR.

The cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity Michael Matheson said: ‘The landslides at the Rest and Be Thankful this week have been some of the most challenging in recent memory both for the community and for the teams working in difficult conditions.

‘I saw for myself this morning the size of the challenge with secondary slips complicating matters and delaying use of the Old Military Road diversion route.

‘It is a dynamic situation on the hillside, there are warnings of further heavy rain and while every effort is being made to get traffic moving, today’s events reinforce the need for a safety first approach.

‘Every effort is being made to clean-up the debris and I appreciate the huge efforts of the recovery teams and police.

‘I am well aware of the strategic importance of the A83, with £66m spent on the maintenance and improvement of this route since 2007.

‘Work has already begun on a further £2m worth of additional landslide mitigation measures.

‘We will convene the A83 taskforce at the earliest opportunity and consider further options.’