This weekend, with the Rest & Be Thankful …

Comment posted Mid Argyll Chamber of Commerce raises A83 issues with Transport Scotland after Cabinet Secretary’s letter to Michael Russell by Robert Wakeham.

This weekend, with the Rest & Be Thankful closed because of the landslde danger, can anyone say for sure that the old military road option would not also be ‘in the line of fire’ from landslides?

Robert Wakeham also commented

  • If Transport Scotland goes for the option of upgrading the old military road, then it could be very interesting watching large hgvs – say timber trucks with trailers, artic whisky tankers and supermarket supply trucks – negotiating the hairpin bend and steep gradient immediately below the summit.
    Or, in the real world, will the diverted hgvs be scraping past each other along that sick joke of a trunk road up Loch Lomondside, the A82, on the ‘long way round’?

Recent comments by Robert Wakeham

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    One wonders whether the designers of a brand new ship couldn’t avoid ‘an engine room fan that is difficult to access’.
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    So grumpy tonight!
  • MV Loch Seaforth for Stornoway-Ullapool: a tale of public sector ‘management’
    Send them on a study tour of Norway – but there the government has poured stupendous amounts of money into extending trunk roads, often via long tunnels, to the shortest ferry crossing points – even creating a flyover inside the mountain for the terminal on the Kaupanger side of the E5 Sognefjord crossing, where the highway exits a sheer sea cliff and there’s only room for the waiting lanes on the ‘wrong side’.
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    There could be an unfortunate parallel between the Holyrood transport bods and those in Westminster, where the DfT’s people have been ‘directing’ the programme for, and specification of, new passenger trains for long enough now to establish beyond much doubt that they don’t have the expertise and experience to avoid causing real damage to the provision of a fit-for-purpose integrated transport system.
    This is in contrast to the rail freight industry, where provision of equipment is entirely controlled by the operating companies – and it shows, it’s like the difference between Calmac/CMAL and Western Ferries.
  • MV Loch Seaforth for Stornoway-Ullapool: a tale of public sector ‘management’
    Arthur, if a two-ship operation could be run with boats slightly smaller than the Loch Seaforth and thus compatible with other ferry ports then that would surely be a huge advantage – as well as providing greater ‘insurance’ against a breakdown leading to major disruption of the service. And with the best will in the world, however clever the degree of redundancy apparently engineered into the Loch Seaforth’s propulsion system, it’s surely going to occasionally get hiccups.

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3 Responses to This weekend, with the Rest & Be Thankful …

  1. If Transport Scotland goes for the option of upgrading the old military road, then it could be very interesting watching large hgvs – say timber trucks with trailers, artic whisky tankers and supermarket supply trucks – negotiating the hairpin bend and steep gradient immediately below the summit.
    Or, in the real world, will the diverted hgvs be scraping past each other along that sick joke of a trunk road up Loch Lomondside, the A82, on the ‘long way round’?

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  2. So how much would fixing the A83 and putting vehicles ferries on the Dunoon Gourock route cost in comparison with say the new Forth Road Bridge?

    Why is there such an inequality in spending on transport infrastructure. The A83 and Dunoon Ferry problems have both been around for years.

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  3. This weekend, with the Rest & Be Thankful closed because of the landslde danger, can anyone say for sure that the old military road option would not also be ‘in the line of fire’ from landslides?

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