BEAR responds to road condition complaints

The stretch of road between Glenbarr and Bellochantuy is one of the areas causing concern for drivers due to the deterioration of the road surface in recent weeks.
The stretch of road between Glenbarr and Bellochantuy is one of the areas causing concern for drivers due to the deterioration of the road surface in recent weeks.

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BEAR Scotland has responded to complaints about the condition of the A83 between Tarbert and Campbeltown.

The road maintenance and management firm responsible for the upkeep of Scotland’s trunk road network on behalf of Transport Scotland, said it was aware of ‘areas of deterioration’ on the road as a result of ‘adverse winter weather conditions’ in recent weeks.

There have been several reports of vehicles bursting tyres in Kintyre as a result of drivers being unable to avoid potholes when meeting oncoming vehicles, particularly near Westport, between Glenbarr and Bellochantuy, and at Rhunahaorine and Whitehouse.

A spokesperson for BEAR Scotland said: ‘Adverse winter weather conditions – particularly the freeze and thaw cycle – can have a serious impact on roads leading to the rapid deterioration of road surfaces, and our teams work to repair the worst affected areas as quickly as possible.

‘Routine road maintenance repairs form a large part of our work, and weekly safety inspections are carried out on all trunk roads by our inspection teams to identify any defects requiring immediate attention. Category 1 defects, such as deep potholes which could present a hazard, are recorded, made safe with temporary repairs, and then permanently repaired within 28 days.

‘We’re aware of areas of deterioration that have become evident on the A83 following recent weather conditions and are currently completing detailed assessments to identify a prioritised programme of works. Further details on specific schemes will be shared with local communities when the works are confirmed.

‘In the meantime, we have three surfacing schemes totalling over £250,000 planned on the A83 at Corranbuie, Clachan and north of Erines which are due to begin towards the end of this month.

‘Should anyone wish to report a specific trunk road defect, they may do so via Transport Scotland’s Freephone Customer Care number, 0800 028 1414, or through BEAR Scotland’s website under the ‘report a defect’ function.’