My sympathies to those involved – hope (possibly …

Comment posted A83 reopened now after closure for rta by Jade.

My sympathies to those involved – hope (possibly against hope) that injuries were minor.

Yet again, though, vast detours had to be put in place (also witness crash involving a coach 3 miles north of Invermoriston on A82 earlier, not to mention the A9 closure two weeks ago tomorrow with a double fatality). I should like to know when our Government is actually going to pay urgent attention to infrastructure outside the central belt?

I will no doubt antagonise SNP supporters by saying that, whereas I previously supported independence, I feel that the more rural and remote areas of Scotland would find themselves in an identical situation with an independent Scotland as the present situation in England (and indeed GB) – i.e. London/SEcentric. Believe me, the English saying about ignoring anything “north of the Watford gap” is not a joke! I fear we will see a repetition here in Scotland come independence. Politicians are the same everywhere,just with varying degrees.

Recent comments by Jade

  • Lysblink Seaways – the inevitable happens
    Now anchored in Scallastle Bay. And that is within Argyll & Bute. BTW, her original grounding wasn’t that far from Mull or don’t we count as A&B??
  • Video footage from Tobermory lifeboat standing by grounded tanker at Kilchoan
    Apologies to Rob at #1 – this was a general post, not a response to your comment directly.
  • Video footage from Tobermory lifeboat standing by grounded tanker at Kilchoan
    Agree, it is serious – it’s blowing a hoolie up here tonight and, even if she’s not carrying hazardous materials, she still has marine diesel in her tanks that could destroy the environment for miles around, be it wildlife or communities livelihoods.

    Anyone familiar with the Sound of Mull will know that there are serious issues created by the magnetic elements in the rocks around the area which can cause problems for navigators unfamiliar with the area.

    Let’s play the “blame game” later and get the ship off the rocks and save the seas and human lives.

  • And another dawn Medevac for Oban lifeboat
    In addition to RW’s post, because we are very lucky to have such a service and volunteers; because it is good news and reminds people in an age where bad news, whinging and me, me, me are often the norm, that there are a lot of people out there who do appreciate the better side of news and indeed depend upon the interaction of emergency services and volunteers when things go wrong.

    It might be that, in the light of the present situation of medical services on Mull and Iona (coupled with now two months absence of any Minutes from the Mull Community Council, one meeting of which did apparently discuss medical arrangements but is not available to the people that are affected), FA are doing the residents of these two islands a favour by highlighting the medevacs.

  • And another dawn Medevac for Oban lifeboat
    Perhaps it simply keeps in people’s minds the simple fact that people on the islands do suffer accidents and illnesses that can’t be handled on island and that the RNLI volunteers are always there to help?

    As far as I’m concerned, if it keeps awareness of the life-threatening work of the RNLI charity and its volunteers to the fore, then let’s keep seeing the items. If people don’t want to read it, simply don’t open it.

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4 Responses to My sympathies to those involved – hope (possibly …

  1. My sympathies to those involved – hope (possibly against hope) that injuries were minor.

    Yet again, though, vast detours had to be put in place (also witness crash involving a coach 3 miles north of Invermoriston on A82 earlier, not to mention the A9 closure two weeks ago tomorrow with a double fatality). I should like to know when our Government is actually going to pay urgent attention to infrastructure outside the central belt?

    I will no doubt antagonise SNP supporters by saying that, whereas I previously supported independence, I feel that the more rural and remote areas of Scotland would find themselves in an identical situation with an independent Scotland as the present situation in England (and indeed GB) – i.e. London/SEcentric. Believe me, the English saying about ignoring anything “north of the Watford gap” is not a joke! I fear we will see a repetition here in Scotland come independence. Politicians are the same everywhere,just with varying degrees.

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  2. Blah blah blah, other side to the story, drive to the road you see before you, people constantly taking silly risks, inevitable results, tired of repeating myself.

    I understand the guy is alive and in hospital, that there were two bikes involved, neither heavily damaged. (This is local gossip–not firsthand experience.) We’ll probably never know what the cause of the accident was–it simply doesn’t seem to matter the way air and rail accidents “matter”–but I suspect overexuberance.

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    • One peculiar feature of this section of trunk road is the stretch past the station that is slightly narrower (too narrow for trucks & buses to easily pass), has no ‘road narrows’ warning signs, but was reconstructed (rather than just resurfaced) to the same substandard width a few years back. I wonder if there’s some bloody minded highway regulation that says if a road’s got a 30mph limit there’s no need to provide the usual warning signs? Local drivers might be aware of this hazard, but others clearly aren’t.

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  3. I sat n the queue with my family for over an hour south of Tarbet. Where were the police? There was no traffic management by the police – it was pathetic. Some vehicles decided to wait for the road to re-open, blocking the lane for cars wanting to use the A82 diversion. This meant a huge line of cars south of Tarbet not knowing if the road was closed, just about to re-open or closed for the day. Not good enough!!

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