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

  • Emergency closure of A83 at Strone Point this afternoon
    Two ‘thumbsdown’ already – it’s not just the trunk road engineers in denial!
  • Isle of Luing gets consent for Spanish slate to roof its Atlantic Islands Centre
    I wonder what the estimated difference in cost was?
  • Emergency closure of A83 at Strone Point this afternoon
    AA – the stretch of the A83 between Tarbet and Arrochar has been flagged for overnight closures from the beginning of this week, continuing (I think) into next week, with hourly convoy ‘amnesties’ – and there should be a message on the electronic signs on the A82.
    It’s nothing whatsoever to do with the council – it’s one of Holyrood’s trunk roads, and management is delegated to a contractor – BEAR.
    But you’re right in questioning why this stretch is needing resurfaced, and it’s worse than you think – when it was done a few years ago, the opportunity was taken to deep excavate and replace the sub-base on the stretch by the railway station – but without addressing the main problem here, which is that this section is narrower than the rest, and can easily catch out coach & HGV drivers who aren’t familiar with the notion that substandard stretches of a trunk road can be left without the customary ‘road narrows’ warning signs (same problem as on the stretch by the filling station at the other side of Arrochar).
    Successive government road engineers have been in denial about this ever since the A83 from Tarbet to Inveraray was supposedly rebuilt to an 18ft (5.5m) standard width many years ago – and even the historic bridge at Inveraray only got traffic lights after two HGVs operated by a local company collided there.
  • Summer 2014 realised fears about coastguard numbers in new service
    Herakles has been busy recently, and not just with the coal carrier it towed into Scapa Flow – it had previously headed south to the aid of the nuclear waste carrier drifting without power near the Beatrice platform, and more recently (on the very day that the tail end of Gonzalo blew through) heading north to the aid of the steel pipe carrier drifting without power near Fair Isle.
    In both these cases other tugs took the ships in tow, to Invergordon and Lerwick, but there’s surely not much doubt that keeping a rescue tug at Kirkwall was eminently sensible.
  • Will Luing’s Atlantic Islands Centre get consent for Spanish or Slate Isles roofing slate?
    Absolutely right – and it doesn’t matter how much people manage to kid themselves that slate from somewhere else ‘will do’ – it won’t.
    It would be like a miniature Swiss penknife that I once bought as a souvenir in a cafe at the top of a Swiss mountain – on closer examination it turned out to have been made in Taiwan.

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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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