TRANSPORT Scotland has warned of night time closures on the A83 this week between Cairndow and Inveraray to allow resurfacing work to take place.
THE 1,599 tonne MV Coruisk hit the pier at Dunoon this morning (Tuesday), causing damage to the ship’s bow section.
THE A83 TRUNK road remains closed to traffic as engineers wait for the weather to break, allowing inspection of a landslip that struck in the early hours of Thursday March 6 - the latest in a recent series of landslides going back more than six years.
A diversion route has been set up using an upgraded road which pre-dates the exisiting A83, and dating back centuries to the original roadways driven into the Highlands by government forces in the decades following the Jacobite rebellion.
The upgraded 'old military road' diversion route, completed in late February 2013 as the preferred landslip mitigation option by Transport Scotland, was pressed into action for the very first time on March 6, but has again been closed overnight as engineers wait for weather conditions to enable inspection of the seat of the landslip, high on the hillside above the A83 and pictured above.
The diversion route passes below the A83, and the landslip site, further down the slopes in Glen Croe. Traffic can be seen above using the diversion route, pictured on Friday March 7.
A statement issued by trunk road management company BEAR Scotland at 5pm on Saturday March 8 stated: "Works today have been severely hampered by the continuing poor weather conditions and it has therefore not been possible for our geotechnical engineers and specialist subcontractors to access the hillside to assess the risks of loose material and make safe boulders.
A DUNOON postman has been suspended after hundreds of letters went missing, Royal Mail confirmed today.
The group behind plans for securing the future of Struan Lodge Care Home in Dunoon remains "cautious" about the future of the facility, as it awaits discussions with the council and health board.
The 2014 summer shinty season gets underway on Saturday March 1.
Last time around Kyles Athletic reached the final of the Camanachd Cup, but failed to retain the trophy won in dramatic fashion versus Inveraray in 2012.
Bute gained promotion to the new National League, Strachur defended well but found scoring difficult and Colglen performed solidly a league below.
Now, with league reconstruction in place, what does the season ahead hold for some of our Argyll and Bute shinty clubs?
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