Unofficially – we understand from a Hollyrood source that Transport Scotland has decided to trunk the A83 from Kennacraig to Campbeltown. We expect an official announcement sometime today, probably from Campbeltown as a public relations opportunity with the Scottish Cabinet there for its summer tour meeting this morning.
This puts right a long avoidance of clear governmental responsibility and an equally long neglect of a major and remote town on whose economic regeneration the entire Kintyre peninsula depends.
It allows Argyll and Bute Council to focus on proper maintenance of the rest of Argyll’s complex roads infrastructure.
It will support new traffic usage to and from the CalMac ferry from Campbeltown to Ardrossan.
And it means that traffic from Islay will be able to expect a decent road whether it turns left or right on to the A83 at the exit from the Kennacraig ferry terminal.
This decision would indicate that the A83 Task Force members from Argyll have done a good job in making a forceful case for the trunking of the entire A83 – so we all owe them our gratitude.
It should not be forgotten that it was the Argyll First group of Councillors who first started formally pushing for this necessary responsibility to be accepted.
The respect they are due for persistently highlighting this need and campaigning for it, ought not to be lost against the razzamatazz of the political photo-opportunities that will come later today.