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

  • A83 closed with coach off on shores of Loch Restil
    It’s now roughly nine hours since the coach went right off the road, and it’s still closed according to the Traffic Scotland website, but surely there’s been enough time for the Police accident investigation of the road, and for recovery of the coach. I wonder how much longer it’s going to take.
  • A83 closed with coach off on shores of Loch Restil
    Probably a similar mindset to that of the drivers on the A83 between Ardrishaig and Tarbert who reckon they can see around corners.
  • Finlaggan finesses its whisky carryings with an international safety award
    First time that I’ve seen people wearing protective gloves to handle a whisky bottle – presumably the latest health & safety precaution.
  • A83 closed with coach off on shores of Loch Restil
    There are crosswind warning signs at that particular spot, and I’ve seen trucks that have been blown off here, so I wonder if the latest incident might concentrate minds within Transport Scotland to review the possible provision of a few hundred metres of windshield barrier on the opposite side of the road, as used on big bridges.
  • A83 closed with coach off on shores of Loch Restil
    I’d like to think that Euan knew what he was talking about, but if you look at photos of this company’s coaches on Google Images it’s clearly a door – a standard feature of many vehicles, at the foot of the stairs to the mid-coach loo.
    Incidentally, there’s a photo & video of the other side of the coach on the BBC website, and it’s intact except for the windows. The BBC describe it as having overturned, rolled, but if it did – rather than just plough down the slope – it speaks very well for the structural integrity of the body, which is still remarkably clean.

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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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