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“The Scottish Government is committed to keeping Argyll and Bute open for business,” said transport minister Derek Mackay (above), speaking at a meeting of the A83 taskforce, held at Arrochar today, Monday, to announce further funding to help reduce problems at the landslip prone Rest and be Thankful.



Last week Argyll and Bute Council called for a permanent fix for the route ‘as a matter of urgency’.


The minister pledged a further £6.6 million for the A83, including just over £4 million for further landslip mitigation measures, which include further enhancements to the debris netting and widening of the Old Military Road to add ‘resilience’ to the local diversion route.


The minister told the Standard: “We are focusing on mitigation and diversionary routes. Over time we have looked at other options but we keep coming back to these.”


However, he added: “I am open minded to any proposal that is put to me.”


More in Friday’s Standard.



+5 #2 orange Peel 2016-01-27 18:00
as the 'rest' is so far away from Holyrood, they will continue to tinker with a few bits of net. What are our MSPs doing to force their hand into a REAL solution?
+10 #1 Gavin Patterson 2016-01-26 10:08
Seriously, more netting! how long are we going to throw money away on these inadequate short term / temporary fixes.

How much have the Scottish Government spent over the years on netting and clear ups! its time to think about this from a long term perspective and look at what other countries like Italy and Switzerland do.

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