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A83 Rest and Be Thankful

Argyll & Bute

A83 Rest and Be Thankful – 10:30 – Friday 16/02/24

A83 currently operating under Temporary Traffic Lights.

Road users are reminded that drainage improvements are ongoing on the A83 at the Rest and be Thankful and will continue through February. 

image of a landslide on the A83 Rest and be Thankful

The A83 at the Rest and be Thankful is operated in part by BEAR Scotland, for more information please visit their website, or follow their twitter for real time updates.

For more information on the local area, please visit the Argyll and Bute Council website, or follow their twitter

You can find updates on the long term solution for the A83 on the Transport Scotland website

Work to get underway on improving the resilience of the OId Military Road at the A83 Rest and Be Thankful  

Preparatory works to realign the southern end of the temporary diversion route at the A83 Rest and Be Thankful will start this week. Although these works will pause for Christmas they will restart in early January with completion expected in Spring 2024.

The work will see the construction of a new connector road from the A83 to the southern end of the Old Military Road (OMR), improving the resilience of the temporary diversion route by relocating the connector road approximately 100 metres north to a location less susceptible to flooding.

Transport Minister Fiona Hyslop said: 
“The Scottish Government remains committed to delivering a long-term solution to the landslip risks at the A83 Rest and Be Thankful.

“There is a clear need for pace and urgency on delivering improvements to the A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful for the communities and businesses who often feel the brunt of closure and the associated impacts that creates. The announcement in June of the preferred route option for the long-term solution was a significant confirmation of our commitment to improve the route.

“At the same time, we are progressing our plans to increase the resilience of the temporary diversion route along the Old Military Road (OMR) until the long term solution to the challenges at the Rest and Be Thankful is in place. The first phase of the work to get underway this week will realign the southern end of the route, reducing the risk of flooding.

“When completed, the work on the OMR will increase the resilience of the temporary diversion route by reducing the likelihood of landslides impacting it. These improvements will mean more certainty for locals and road users if the A83 has to shut due to adverse weather conditions.

"All of this underlines the Scottish Government’s commitment to work with key stakeholders and local communities to ensure that Argyll & Bute remains open for business.”