A83 Task Force documents now avaiable here

Transport Scotland today published the Terms of Reference for the A83 Task Force which met for the first time last week.

Here they are: A83 Rest and Be Thankful Taskforce – Terms of Reference

Jacobs, the consultants retained by Transport Scotland to conduct the study into a permanent solution for the A83, have also today published the minutes of the A83 Task Force’s first meeting, on 15th August 2012.

These are here: 2012-08-15 A83 Task Force – Minutes of Meeting 1

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2 Responses to A83 Task Force documents now avaiable here

  1. The meeting minutes – taken by Jacobs – are interesting for the way they record a couple of contentious items. One, raised by Jane MacLeod (3.7) is the question of why landslide debris should have to be trucked as far as Clydebank; this is frankly ridiculous, given the probability of repeat landslide events. Andy Fraser’s response was somewhat opaque; Keith Brown picked up on this and hopefully he said more than was recorded in the minutes.
    A far more contentious item, raised by John Semple (3.3 & 3.4) is the way in which the most recent flow was outwith the four gullies assessed as priority for installation of the debris netting (this fifth gully now to be included).. This shows how difficult it seems to be to define the problem ‘hotspots’, and how trouble can start anywhere over a widespread area.
    Perhaps the most disturbing comment (3.6) is that it’ll take 5 years of data collection to provide a ‘thorough evidence base’. This seems to be in the context of refining how information from weather forecasts and the sensors on the slopes above the road relate to the risk assessment for when to activate the landslide warning signs – but does this mean that it could be 5 years before major road investment decisions can be taken based on the findings of the current Trunk Road Route Study?

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