Storm Gertrude’s legacy to transport in Argyll

BEAR Scotland teams are engagedd to clear fallen trees on a number of areas on the roads network as a result of high winds caused by Storm Gertrude.

  • On the A85, trees are reported to be obstructing the carriageway at Achnacloich, east of Connel, and also at St Fillans and Comrie.
  • Fallen trees are being dealt with on the A83 at Tarbet Hotel.

A small slope failure and debris temporarily blocked the A82 earlier this morning at Letter Finlay however the route is passable with care and temporary traffic lights are now in place.  Teams are on site dealing with the clear-up and a geotechnical engineer is on route to assess the slope.
Coastal flooding has affected the A85 at the Corran Esplanade in Oban – which has no rail service today. The tide has now subsided and teams have worked to clear debris from the carriageway.  The road is passable with care.

Further updates will be issued when more details are available.

Severe weather conditions are continuing so the public is advised to take care on the roads and drive to conditions.

Very few ferries are able to sail but Western Feries is sailin to scedule on the Dunoon {Hunters Quay] to Gourock [McInroy’s Point] route.

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  • Good for Western Ferries.

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    Robert Wakeham January 29, 2016 4:25 pm Reply
    • One reason – apart from the obvious skill of their skippers – that the Western Ferries vessels can keep operating is that they have a fairly low profile, so despite their modest power ( compared to CalMac’s ferries ) they are less affected by windage while berthing. This should be borne in mind by those who have criticised the boats as having only basic – though perfectly adequate – passenger accommodation.

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      Arthur Blue January 29, 2016 9:42 pm Reply
  • Aye good for Western Ferries. Sounds like profits before people when they can sail in storm conditions with 80mph winds when others can’t. Heralds of Free Enterprise by the sounds of it dear Robert.

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    willie January 29, 2016 7:38 pm Reply
    • Willie, if you could overcome your bigotry and use your brain perhaps you’d find life a bit more enjoyable?

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      Robert Wakeham January 30, 2016 11:30 am Reply
  • Cal mac ANNUAL OPERATING SUBSIDY.= £70m of the UK♡♡♡ TAXPAYERS hard earned cash.

    They have to live and work in the real world, unlike all the SNP willie wavers on here!! Cutting it to a figure of speech you might be able to understand. No Hay,No Pay.

    Are the customers ushered aboard at gunpoint?

    Oh,I’m getting it now, how slow of me! Private enterprise,doing a really good job, obviously TORIES TORIES TORIES, and not welcome in this shiny, new, socialist paradise you donkeys aspire to.


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    Proudest Scot in the UK January 29, 2016 8:40 pm Reply
  • Herald of free enterprise was private enterprise gone bad. After it sunk killing wee children, mums, dad’s, Gran’s Granpa’s and staff no one went to jail. Townsend Thorenson changed its name to P&O European ferries. New coat of paint let’s move on. Piper Alpha same song.

    Calling folk donkies not very nice. Are you referring to those who drowned? take it you have lost any argument.

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    No Cheese Here January 29, 2016 8:53 pm Reply
    • There you go again NHC, spouting nonsense…. read the Cullen Report if you want to see what happened with OXY and Piper Alpha….and check out the swell in the Clyde compared with the rest of the west coast numpty… and the report on the Herald of Free Enterprise too while you are at it…

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      Karl Hughes January 29, 2016 9:28 pm Reply
      • From what I remember reading previously, many of the Clyde ferries are not certified to operate anywhere else. They could not be used on the Calmac West coast routes.
        Wasn’t the main reason for the loss of the Herald of Free Enterprise its enclosed car deck which the Western ferry’s vessels do not have (partly because they operate in more sheltered waters).

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        Lundavra January 30, 2016 9:01 am Reply
        • The cause of the Herald of Free Enterprise sinking was that she put to sea with the bow doors open. The closing of the doors had been delegated to the assistant bosun and he was asleep in his cabin at the time.
          It was a hard lesson learned with 193 deaths. Nowadays a ships officer always seems to be present on the car deck when a ferry is leaving the linkspan.

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          Murdoch MacKenzie January 30, 2016 11:11 am Reply
  • What a sad bunch of trollers.

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    JB January 29, 2016 9:18 pm Reply
  • No, no buddy, as usual, you try to twist others words to suit your purpose.

    As for donkeys and arguments, The donkeys here are the 46per cent who LOST the argument.

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    Proudest Scot in the UK January 29, 2016 9:19 pm Reply
  • Indeed NCH.The Herald of Free Enterprise was a terrible tragedy where men woman and children met a terrible death on Mrs Thatcher’s watch. Let us pray that Western Ferries do not repeat this tragedy. Best stayed well clear of when they put to sail in conditions that no one else will. Sounds as if profit before safety.

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    willie January 29, 2016 9:21 pm Reply
  • I take it the price of a barrel of Buckie is the same as oil Oooor Willy and NHC… at least you two sad neds can now live the dream.

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    Karl Hughes January 29, 2016 9:32 pm Reply
  • So, absolutely no respect for the experience and competence of the skippers and crews with whom the decision to sail lies.

    I’d be very surprised if it makes one iota of difference to their wages, but I’m certain they will take pride and satisfaction in doing their best in difficult circumstances. An all to rare trait in these nowadays.

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    Proudest Scot in the UK January 29, 2016 9:40 pm Reply
  • “Flooding has effected the Corran. Esplanade A85”

    Is this not the new site of the proposed marina? Maybe someone can explain how that’s going to work ?

    Maybe a consultant?

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    MB January 29, 2016 11:24 pm Reply
    • Maybe the Oban yachties will wear waders instead of yellow willies?

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      Murdoch MacKenzie January 30, 2016 8:49 am Reply
      • I wrote “yellow wellies”, honest. I don’t know if the spell checker is on this computer system (Yankee) or in the For Argyll program. I’ve just had to correct it again here

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        Murdoch MacKenzie January 30, 2016 8:56 am Reply
  • Seems to be “All quiet on the Western Front”

    The freedom fighters must be getting through the barrel of ENGLISH Buckfast.
    No doubt the raving will commenced again when.they come to.
    Just one more big push lads, over the top to glory.
    God, how we pity them.

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    Erich Maria Remarque January 30, 2016 1:05 am Reply
  • Maybe if the author and commenters had consulted the Calmac “Service Status & Information” page on their website they would have noticed that some of the smaller Calmac ferries were working as well.
    It has nothing to do with private or state ownership. The sea is rougher in the open water areas where vessels are more in danger if hit by breakdowns and passengers are in danger of being hurt when ships pitch and roll violently.
    Like Arther Blue says the smaller low profile ferries cope better berthing in the high winds, and of course, they are not exposed to the heavy seas that the ferries on the open water passages are.

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    Murdoch MacKenzie January 30, 2016 1:34 am Reply
    • I don’t think the conditions in Rothesay or Gourock were that bad, it’s just the MV Bute and MV Argyle aren’t very good in the manoeuvring department through having the wrong propulsion and a lot of windage.

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      db January 30, 2016 6:22 pm Reply
      • The drive through RoRo with raised deck accommodation is great for vehicles and passengers in good weather but there is an extra, probably as much as 18ft, of top hamper required which on a smaller vessel is quite considerable.
        Having passenger accommodation at the car deck level works for Western Ferries with the shorter passage. Calmac should look at Western’s success and work on a better design to suit their Rothesay/Wemyss Bay route.
        Bute could easily be bridged to the mainland at the Burnt Isles with a new road round to Dunoon. That way they could enjoy the more dependable Western service and a private operator could run a passenger service to the trains at Wemyss Bay if there was a demand.

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        Murdoch MacKenzie January 31, 2016 2:33 am Reply

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