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

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    So? We ARE supposed to live in a democracy! Councils are required to take the circumstances of all of their residents into account. Sadly, when you get down to the numbers game (votes), at whatever level of government, the bigger ones win – we complain about Westminster in general in Scotland (and a lot of places in England do, too) and then we have the central belt in Scotland and even FA continually goes on about the Dunoon ferries though there is a major crisis going on with Mull for example.
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    I (fortunately) generally only suffer indirectly from the RaBT landslips but I do happen to belong to a camping and caravanning forum and the A82/A83 issues are attracting a lot of attention. The tight Loch Lomondside section north of Tarbet is the most persistent worry, though frankly, having towed ‘vans up there some 30 years ago, so long as you’re careful, it’s not a problem, but vans are bigger and some people are far less aware that what make take you 30 minutes elsewhere can take an hour in Scotland!

    Now, the publicity over the Rest is coming up and at last Traffic Scotland are starting to get their act together about pointing this out, even at precious central belt rush hours. But it is concerning (as a post above details) those that are coming up to visit the area. The Kintyre peninsula has huge support for campers and caravanners on the forum and that has to have a knock-on effect on local businesses as well as the sites.

    There are a number of Argyll based members of the forum who do our best to be helpful and keep folks up to date. But it is getting seriously embarrassing and in fact generally deleterious to Scotland to keep having to remind people generally that our road network is basically so abysmal. The number of moans one reads about the length of time it takes to get from A to B in Scotland is increasing and can only damage us.

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    VILE experience and, given how many depend on tourism jobs in Argyll, this idea is shooting the county in the guts, not just the foot!

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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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