A83 closed north of Tarbert

[22.30 Cleared] A road accident last night with an HGV has left the A83 closed in both directions half a mile north of Tarbert and affecting journeys to the ferry ports of Tarbert for Portavadie, Kenancraig for Islay, Tayinloan for Gigha and Campbeltown for the Kintyre Express to Ballycastle.

Strathclyde Police are operating a convoy system via the B8024, the Kilberry Road.

Drivers using the A83 in this area are advised to allow an increased journey time.

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7 Responses to A83 closed north of Tarbert

  1. I REST MY CASE …..
    LAST WEEK WE HAD A DEBATE ABOUT THE TRANSPORTATION OF TURBINES ON OUR ROADS AND I SUGGESTED WE SHOULD USE OUR WATERWAYS INSTEAD, COMING FROM KINTYRE UP TO ARDRISHAIG,
    ONLY 8 MILES FROM LOCHGILPHEAD.
    WELL – @ 3.30 THIS MORNING A LORRY CARRYING A TURBINE OVERTURNED AND CLOSED THE ROAD TO TARBERT !! I BELIEVE ONE LANE IS NOW OPEN.
    IN MY OPINION THIS WAS BOUND TO HAPPEN & MAY AGAIN !!

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    • It would be good to hear what actually happened, and hopefully the ‘Kilberry road diversion’ is just the short ‘back road’ stretch from the A83 at Stonefield around by Tarbert golf course, rather than the nightmare of the full diversion via Kilberry.

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    • According to the ‘Squeak’ website, quoting the police, the vehicle clipped the verge and turned over; the diversion is just the short route from Stonefield, and apparently there’s likely to be traffic disruption all day as cranes have to be brought from Ayrshire to retrieve the load.

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    • I totally agree. The BBC news this morning did not mention the load being carried by this “lorry”. It sounds like a bit of a cover up designed to protect the reputation of the Wind Farm Industry. We are all going to pay a high price for this gamble with Wind Turbines, both in financial and environmental grounds. The damage caused by today’s accident, allied to the Turbine Blade damage caused recently at Campbeltown, will sadly do nothing to change this situation.

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      • RM: surely there’s no conspiracy, just the rather dumb way that the BBC tends to follow the official traffic reports, which are computerised to the point of stupidity (eg at first giving the impression the diversion was via Kilberry). What’s the story of the blade damage at Campbeltown?

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        • Robert, the damage was done recently when Turbine Blades were being shipped in to Campbeltown, then transferred to Macrihanish for inclusion into the current late night shipments to the new Wind Farm in Argyll. Needless to say, it wasn’t highlighted in the Media.

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  2. More and more applications for wind farms will bring ever more such excessive loads onto these totally unsuitable roads. Think what would happen if the Clachan windfarm is approved and the Seil road were to be closed in this way – no “diversion” available there. There has to be a limit to the size of vehicles allowed on our ageing, narrow Argyll road system.

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