Transport Scotland has put the landslide hazard warning back on the A83 at Rest and be Thankful, with a general warning that roads in the Strathclyde area are likely to be affected by surface water today.
Drivers on the A83 are advised to ‘exercise extreme caution’ at the Rest and Be Thankful section.
We note that, in terms of the primacy of public safety, we are given no detailed performance statistics on the protection offered by the ‘flow debris netting’ upon which the entire security of this section of the A83 and those who travel it depends.
How would such netting have coped with the worst of the landslips experienced in this section? Would it have been overcome? If not, how much more would it take to overcome it?
Were it to be overcome by a landslip, would the netting and its support structures make the impact on, say, a passing truck more powerful than if it had not been there at all? It cannot be impact free.
Last night the national news carried the story of a couple found dead in their car days after being buried in a landslide in the south west of England.
We have been lucky, to date, in Argyll,. But how would the government face down criticism of inaction were we to lose a vehicle or more to Glen Croe?