Comment posted Russell favours forestry route for the A83 Glen Croe emergency diversion by Robert Wakeham.
Newsroom – it’s been confirmed that the old road upgrade is being designed to take all traffic, including big trucks (in convoys).
Robert Wakeham also commented
- I know what you’re talking about, but I think there are some problems – the question of whether the surface drift geology in Glen Croe would make this a success, and the time it would take to establish effective woodland (with risk of damage from landslips before then).
It’s easy to think of galleries as an ‘urban’ solution, but they’re not – the older masonry & concrete ones can be very heavy and obtrusive in the landscape, but more recent designs using steel are much less ‘clunky’, albeit still visible.
- Derek it’s a great deal more than a ‘deforested zone’ – it’s a glacially over-steepened valley slope, and we could be deluding ourselves that trees could do enough to arrest saturation and rapid run-off sufficient to ‘cure the problem’, even if they’d help in the long term.
- Dr M – there are places in the world where roads parallel to a steep slope are built out on columns clear of the hillside, above the risk of rockfalls and earthslips, but viaducts, galleries or any other structures would have to be founded into solid enough ground below the unstable surface layer. If there are geological problems with finding secure footings on the line of the A83 then re-routing with tunnelling might be a real option. I’ll be shot down by the ‘can’t do’ trolls for saying that, but in the land of the real trolls there are some remarkable examples of what can be done, including conservation of redundant mountain roads for their historic and tourism value.
- According to Transport Scotland the old road option is preferred because the forestry road is narrow, on a steep slope (thus at more risk of a serious accident in use), and just as susceptible as the A83 to landslip damage in bad weather; the route of the old road is considered far less prone to the effects of landslips than the A83 above.
Apparently the intention is to make the old road usable by all types of vehicle (in convoys), by resurfacing and widening at bends – but a reassuring note is that the old road is a popular film location and Transport Scotland have reassured the landholders that the character of the road won’t be compromised.
- Ferryman, given the distorted scorn with which you greeted the perfectly feasible notion of a tunnel under the Clyde at Dunoon (from ‘profound ignorance’, perhaps?), and that you’re too pig-headed to consider the option of a tunnel under the Rest, you’re on shaky ground if you try lecturing anyone on matters technical – even on your preferred subject of ferryboats you’re inclined to let bile get in the way of reasoned debate. And to assume that no-one has any confidence in Transport Scotland is just plain silly.
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It would have to be capable of deactivation in harbour areas and, eg, places like the Corran Narrows – but would surely be invaluable, especially at night.
Maybe it would be seen as a dangerous threat to the need for proper watch keeping.
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