Comment posted A83 closed in both directions by Robert Wakeham.
Now open again, apparently.
Robert Wakeham also commented
- One advantage of a fixed link would be that any government would find it difficult to charge tolls when all other bridge and tunnel tolls have been abolished.
- Careful, Jim – you’ll enrage ‘ferryman’.
- Scottish Citylink’s response to why the ‘Service Updates’ section on their website doesn’t mention the disruption caused by the A83 closure is to say that they think the road might reopen soon. In this weather, I somehow doubt that.
- I’m surprised that the disruption and extended journey times don’t seem to be flagged on the West Coast Motors and Scottish Citylink websites, and it would be very useful to have an emergency timetable for the route south from Inveraray to Campbeltown (and from Tarbet to Glasgow?) to avoid passengers having to stand at bus stops in foul weather for goodness knows how long. Any chance of this, Citylink / West Coast?
I know that traffic gets glued up on the A82 diversion route between Tarbet and Ardlui due to the very substandard road, but even so it must be possible to predict the ‘earliest delayed timings’, surely?
Recent comments by Robert Wakeham
- Traffic control at new single lane section of A83, north of Strone Point
It was last Monday, 17th November, when I noticed the fresh cracks in the road. It’s now Friday 21st, and I’m beginning to wonder whether there’s more of a problem here than BEAR / Transport Scotland have bargained for.
For many years now long stretches of this section of the A83, north from Strone point all the way to the improved stretch south of the Oyster Bar, have been prone to surface settlement and disintegration – mostly on the shore side – and there’s surely the need for deep reconstruction rather than just patching and resurfacing.
I wonder if, given the lack of attention to (even denial of) the width problems between Arrochar and Tarbet, there’s a mindset within the government that ‘botch it and see’ is a sustainable trunk road management policy?
- Totty rocks as new FM elected at Holyrood
JB – the ‘terrible inbred mentality’ is surely to some extent an understandable aversion to any whiff of the old tradition of ‘forelock touching’ – although it’s most unfortunate that this reaction should have eventually spawned some of the spectacularly rotten and greedy supposedly left wing local politicians of the Central Belt.
- McGrigor asks why Western Isles travellers are missing out on Wemyss Bay-Rothesay disruption discount
Isn’t there another issue here? – the fragmented and sometimes chaotic ownership and management of the port facilities that are (or should be) an integral part of a ferry system that in reality ‘fills in the gaps’ in the national road network?
When the passenger access link at Craignure is in the tender care of the local council, and the shore staff at Rothesay are employees of the same council rather than of the government ferry system, there’s something far wrong,
- Today’s travel updates
Good old Calmac and their ‘technical reasons’ – it’s the 21st century, for goodness sake, tell us the facts.
- Ferry schedule for Ullapool during harbour upgrade works with enhanced services to come
It sounds as if Uig is going to be a busy place – let’s hope that it can cope with the extra traffic, including Clipper Ranger, without getting clogged.
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