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A83 Rest and Be Thankful30 Jan 2020

A83 REST AND BE THANKFUL

 

13:30pm, Saturday 1st February 2020

The A83 Rest and Be Thankful has reopened under traffic signal control following a landslide on the 30th of January.

BEAR Scotland has completed the removal of over 1300 tonnes of debris, reinstated drainage and installed a protective barrier. Forestry and Land Scotland have also undertaken work on the slope above the road, stabilising boulders and removing trees destabilised by the landslide.

BEAR Scotland’s Representative Eddie Ross said: “We are pleased to have reopened the A83 following the landslide. We have worked hand in hand with Forestry and Land Scotland, in some very challenging conditions, to remove the debris and stabilise the slope. Temporary traffic signals and a concrete barrier have been put in place as a precaution whilst further works are undertaken off-road. We’d like to thank the travelling public for their patience whilst the clearance work was undertaken.”

An update will be issued next week giving progress on the further off-road works.

What has happened at the Rest and Be Thankful?

 

  • Over 86mm of rainfall fell in the local area in the two days before the landslip occurred.
  • Around 3.00am on 30th January – reports of approximately 1000 Tonnes of debris on the A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful – east of the normal area covered by debris fences and catchpits.
  • The landslide appears to have been triggered by a slip in the forested area high above the road.
  • The A83 re-opened via The Old Military Road at 11:00am on 30th January after safety inspections by geotechnical specialists confirmed it was safe to do so.
  • The Old Military Road (OMR) diversion route has operated under convoy to minimise disruption.

 

 

5pm, Friday 31st January 2020

 

The A83 Rest and Be Thankful will remain open overnight via the Old Military Road local diversion route under a convoy system.

 

The clear up operation has progressed well as teams continue to remove over 1000 tonnes of debris from the main A83 carriageway.

 

Works will continue into the weekend to complete the removal of debris, re-establish drainage and help stabilise the slope above the A83 and will continue to work hard to re-open the main carriageway as quickly as possible.

 

The Old Military Road continues to operate very well, minimising disruption and helping to ensure that Argyll remains open for business. 

 

What has happened at the Rest and Be Thankful?

 

  • Over 86mm of rainfall fell in the local area in the two days before the landslip occurred.
  • Around 3.00am on 30/1/20 – reports of approximately 1000 Tonnes of debris on the A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful – east of the normal area covered by debris fences and catchpits. 
  • The landslide appears to have been triggered by a slip in the forested area high above the road.
  • The A83 re-opened via The Old Military Road at 11:00am on 30th January after safety inspections by geotechnical specialists confirmed it was safe to do so. 
  • The Old Military Road (OMR) diversion route has operated under convoy to minimise disruption. 
  • The clear up operation and slope stabilisation is currently well underway. 

 

 

What alternative travel options are available at the Rest and Be Thankful, other than the Old Military Road local diversion route? 

 

·     Ferry provider Western Ferries can also accommodate traffic.   Up to date information available at www.western-ferries.co.uk by phone 01369 704452 or email enquiries@western-ferries.co.uk

 

 

 

12noon, Friday 31st January 2020

The Old Military Road local diversion route continues to operate very well at the Rest and be Thankful, helping to ensure that Argyll remains open for business.

While teams continue to work hard to re-open the main carriageway as quickly and safely as possible, at this stage, our estimate is that the A83 will not reopen on Friday.

The clear up operation involves removing over 1000 tonnes of mud and debris as well as works to stabilise and make safe the slope above the A83.

The Old Military Road local diversion route will remain open overnight under a convoy system to help minimise disruption.

What has happened at the Rest and Be Thankful?

  • Over 86mm of rainfall fell in the local area in the two days before the landslip occurred.
  • Around 3.00am on 30/1/20 – reports of approximately 1000 Tonnes of debris on the A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful – east of the normal area covered by debris fences and catchpits.
  • The landslide appears to have been triggered by a slip in the forested area high above the road.
  • The A83 re-opened via The Old Military Road at 11:00am on 30th January after safety inspections by geotechnical specialists confirmed it was safe to do so. 
  • The Old Military Road (OMR) diversion route has operated under convoy to minimise disruption. 
  • The clear up operation and slope stabilisation is currently well underway. 

What alternative travel options are available at the Rest and Be Thankful, other than the Old Military Road local diversion route?

 

·     Whilst the A83 remains open via the Old Military Road, ferry provider Western Ferries can also accommodate traffic.   Up to date information available at www.western-ferries.co.uk by phone 01369 704452 or email enquiries@western-ferries.co.uk

  

2.30pm, Thursday 30th January 2020

The A83 Rest and Be Thankful will remain open 24/7 via The Old Military Road (OMR) local diversion route subject to weather conditions.

The OMR was opened to traffic at 11am today after a landslip occurred above the A83 Rest and Be Thankful.

Over 1000 tonnes of debris reached the carriageway closing the A83 in both directions at 3am this morning. The 24/7 operation of the OMR diversion route will ensure Argyll remains open for business.

The clear up operation has commenced and will continue into Friday. An update will be provided tomorrow on the expected timescale for clearing the debris.

What has happened at the Rest and Be Thankful?

  • The Old Military Road (OMR) diversion route will remain open 24/7. 
  • The A83 has now opened via The Old Military Road after safety inspections by geotechnical specialists confirmed it was safe to do so. 
  • The landslide appears to have been triggered by a slip in the forested area high above the road.
  • Around 3.00am on 30/1/20 – reports of approximately 1000 Tonnes of debris on the A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful – east of the normal area covered by debris fences and catchpits. 
  • Over 86mm of rainfall fell in the local area in the  two days before the landslip occurred.

What alternative travel options are available at the Rest and Be Thankful, other than the Old Military Road local diversion route?

·    Ferry provider Western Ferries can also accommodate traffic.   Up to date information available at www.western-ferries.co.uk by phone 01369 704452 or email enquiries@western-ferries.co.uk 

 

 

11am, Thursday 30th January 2020

The A83 Rest and Be Thankful is now open to road users via the Old Military Road (OMR) local diversion route after a landslip occurred earlier this morning. Traffic will be controlled in a convoy system.

Over 1000 tonnes of debris reached the carriageway closing the A83 in both directions at 3:00am this morning. The Old Military Road diversion allows this to be bypassed ensuring Argyll is open for business.

Specialist teams are assessing the situation on the A83 at the moment and will begin the clear up operation when safe to do so in partnership with Forestry and Land Scotland.

What has happened at the Rest and Be Thankful?

  • The A83 has now opened via The Old Military Road after safety inspections by geotechnical specialists confirmed it was safe to do so.
  • Around 3.00am on 30/1/20 – reports of debris on the A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful – east of the normal area covered by debris fences and catchpits.

What alternative travel options are available at the Rest and Be Thankful, other than the Old Military Road local diversion route?

·    Ferry provider Western Ferries can also accommodate traffic.   Up to date information available at www.western-ferries.co.uk by phone 01369 704452 or email enquiries@western-ferries.co.uk

 

6.30am Thursday 30 January 2020

The A83 is closed in both directions at Rest and Be Thankful due to a landslip. See attached photograph.

Over 1000 tonnes of material has reached the carriageway this morning.  BEAR Scotland staff are on site assessing the situation on the A83 and when safe to do so will commence clearance operations.  The Old Military Road will be assessed this morning to consider if it safe to use to use as a diversion.

The standard diversion route is in place as follows from the closure points Tarbet to Cairndow: - A82/ A85 / A819: Westbound Turn right onto the A82 at Tarbet and follow the road until Crianlarich – Turn left onto A82 and continue until Tyndrum – Turn left onto the A85 and continue until Dalmally - Turn left onto A819 and follow the road until Inveraray. Thereafter follow permanent signing. Distance: 58.8 miles. Eastbound At Inveraray, turn left onto the A819 then follow the road until Dalmally – Turn right onto the A85 and continue until Tyndrum – Turn right onto the A82 and follow the road to Crianlarich – Turn right onto A82 and follow the road until Tarbet. Distance: 58.8 miles.    

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Manager, said:

“Safety is our top priority, and we’re doing all we can to assess the slope and the extent of the debris from the steep hillside above the carriageway.  The landslide is east of the normal landslide susceptible area but is within the section of the A83 that we could use the Old Military Road.  The Old Military Road will be assessed this morning to consider if it is safe to use.  In the meantime traffic will be diverted via the A882/A85/A819”

“As ever, we thank the local community and road users for their patience and assure them we’re doing everything we can to address the landslip at the Rest and Be Thankful as quickly and safely as we can. We remind road users that Argyll remains open for business, and rest assured we’re doing everything possible to ensure the A83 opens as soon as it is safe to do so.”

“Road users should also check Traffic Scotland for the latest information about the Rest and Be Thankful, and we’ll be doing our best to keep stakeholders updated on progress.”

Real time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org, twitter @trafficscotland or the new mobile site, my.trafficscotland.org.

What has happened at the Rest and Be Thankful?

Around 0300 on 30/1/20 – reports of debris on the A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful – east of the normal area covered by debris fences and catchpits.

What alternative travel options are available at the Rest and Be Thankful, other than the Old Military Road local diversion route?

·         Ferry provider Western Ferries can accommodate diverted traffic.   Up to date information available at www.western-ferries.co.uk by phone 01369 704452 or email enquiries@western-ferries.co.uk

·         The standard diversion route is in place as follows from the closure points Tarbet to Cairndow: - A82/ A85 / A819: Westbound Turn right onto the A82 at Tarbet and follow the road until Crianlarich – Turn left onto A82 and continue until Tyndrum – Turn left onto the A85 and continue until Dalmally - Turn left onto A819 and follow the road until Inveraray. Thereafter follow permanent signing. Distance: 58.8 miles. Eastbound At Inveraray, turn left onto the A819 then follow the road until Dalmally – Turn right onto the A85 and continue until Tyndrum – Turn right onto the A82 and follow the road to Crianlarich – Turn right onto A82 and follow the road until Tarbet. Distance: 58.8 miles.    

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