Transport Minister, Keith Brown, talked yesterday, 18th February, of convoys about to start testing the new diversion route up Glen Croe, for use when the A83 suffers a landslide. He also indicated that the route should open this week.
It seems that the Minister may have been a tad optimistic.
Last week he had evidently made it known that he wanted a truck to be driven up the route this week. This would hardly count as the promised ‘convoy testing’ – but it this has not happened yet, for good reason.
The road as a whole is not yet completed.
We understand that there is bridge strengthening still to be done, as has the completion of the soil nailing – which is weather contingent.
It will certainly help if the weather holds and the contractors are certainly not holding back in effort.
Next week may be a more likely proposition for the route opening – and the Minister will certainly be pushing for this to provide a bit of positive public relations for the A83 Taskforce meeting then.