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

  • Astonishing infrastructural deficiency threatens Oban’s business development
    A touch smug, Mr Stanger – there was a hotel on the site before.
    I don’t know whether you live in Oban, but I always wonder at the extraordinary infrastructural deficit in the Oban road network, with just about all traffic between the north and Oban / southern Argyll being funnelled through the ‘bealach’, no sign of a link road around the inland side of the town and the only thing resembling a bypass being the low-speed single track road of extremely limited capacity (and even less passing places) between Connel and Kilmore.
    Add to this the really remarkable lack of proper pavements on some of the busiest streets, and the quite incomprehensible failure to create a link road from the Glenshellach area through the back of Lochavullin to the Albany Street / Shore Street junction, and you’ve got a picture of catastrophic complacency. Or is it smugness?
  • So what has damaged MV Loch Seaforth been up to?
    I was once sitting out on the aft deck of Western Ferries’ ‘Sound of Jura’, returning from Islay on a summer evening, when the boat unexpectedly performed a complete circle – and Arthur Blue emerged from the engine room door, looked around, scratched his head, and disappeared back down the ladder whence he’d come. We soon continued on our way without further incident – these things happen.
  • Communities Secretary on prompt to intervene with revaluation of Castle Toward
    Goodwill? – Dick Walsh?
  • How not to sell oil
    Just chance that the ‘United Kalavryta’ is the Greek tanker carrying the oil, but the name is topical, to say the least, in major political events that could have as much impact on us here in Argyll as the price of oil.
    Kalavryta is a small mountain town in the northern Peloponnese, above the southern shores of the Gulf of Corinth, and has a terrible history, being the site of one of the worst of the Glencoe-style reprisal massacres by German forces during WW2.
    The mountain country around Kalavryta was a centre of Greek resistance, and so the entire male population over the age of 12 – nearly 700 people – was massacred and the town torched, but the German commanders responsible were never brought to justice.
    I just wish that the German politicians sounding off about the current financial situation in Greece had engaged their brains, and chosen their words more carefully, before going on a rant about fiscal rectitude.
    I seem to remember learning that it was a similar level of hubris amongst European politicians over the post WW1 financial collapse of Germany that launched Hitler’s career.
  • Giggle factor on the rise as Stornoway guesthouse runs competition to guess start date of new ferry
    If there is an issue, it means that there’s been a gross failure to coordinate the design of boat and berth – not for the first time on the West Coast, in recent years.
    Pretty elementary stuff to get wrong, if this is in fact what’s happened.

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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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