A83 Now Open

A83 Rest & Be Thankful Landslide - 7/11/2014 UPDATE 05:00

The Old Military Road is now open to all vehicles and a convoy system is back in operation.

 

 

A83 Rest & Be Thankful Landslide - 6/11/2014 UPDATE 23:00

The old military road is closed to vehicles except HGVs at present due to the Glen Croe burn bursting its banks and flooding the local diversion route. The Operating Company is on site and is escorting HGVs through but it is closed to general traffic.  All other vehicles have to divert using the following routes:

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.

A further update will be issued when the Old Military Route opens to all vehicles.

A83 Rest & Be Thankful Landslide - 6/11/2014 UPDATE 14:10

The Old Military Road is again operating well ensuring that Argyll stays open for business.

The Met Office has now issued an amber weather warning for heavy rain in the area till tomorrow (Friday 07 November) and geotechnical engineers continue to monitor the slope for movement during the heavy rain. It is predicted that the heaviest rain will occur overnight and into the morning so the Old Military Road will remain in operation at least until Friday afternoon when the weather is predicted to clear allowing geotechnical engineers to inspect the hillside.

Where’s the best place to get live up to date information?

Information will be fed to Traffic Scotland which will be available at www.trafficscotland.org and via Twitter @trafficscotland. Information will also be provided to BBC Radio Scotland Travel Desk who issue regular travel updates during morning drivetime broadcasts.

Transport Scotland would like to thank drivers in the area for the patience they have shown over the last few days and reassure them that everything possible is being done to rectify the situation. This landslide is the largest that we have had on record and that brings enormous challenges but we are looking at every possible solution that will help us get the road network back to normal operation.

A83 Rest & Be Thankful Landslide - 6/11/2014 UPDATE 07:40

Good progress has been made at the A83 Rest and be Thankful following the landslide on 28th October with the clear-up and the repairs to the debris fencing continuing at pace during the recent spell of favourable weather. 

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for heavy rain in the area for today and the operation of the A83 will transfer to the Old Military Road at ten o’clock this morning if conditions play out as expected.

This is a precautionary safety measure due to the heightened risk of a landslide with as much as 30 mm of rain expected over Argyll and Bute.

The Old Military Road operated successfully last week when it was used by tens of thousands of people. It drastically cuts the length of the diversion, keeps the area open for business and saves time and money for motorists.

We will continue to monitor conditions throughout the day with further updates issued as necessary. Weather and slope conditions will be reviewed with a view to potentially reopening the A83 during the morning of Friday 07 November. 

A83 Rest & Be Thankful Landslide - 4/11/2014 UPDATE 15:00

Works are progressing well to install the replacement debris netting and these works will continue over the coming days.

Geotechnical engineers continue to monitor the hillside for signs of movement.

A83 Rest & Be Thankful Landslide - 3/11/2014 UPDATE 15:00

A83 will remain open overnight

Prevailing weather conditions and good progress made on-site have enabled the A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful to remain open to motorists overnight. Currently there is a short section under traffic control at the location where the landslide occurred. This is to allow works to install the replacement netting that was damaged during the landslide.

A83 Rest & Be Thankful Landslide - 3/11/2014 UPDATE 08:00

The A83 at the Rest & Be Thankful reopened at 07:30 as planned.

A further detailed update will be issued later today.

A83 Rest & Be Thankful Landslide - 2/11/2014 UPDATE 18:00

Following improved weather conditions, the A83 Rest and Be Thankful was temporarily re-opened to motorists under traffic management this afternoon (between 12:00 and 17:00). As planned, traffic operation has now been re-instated on the Old Military Road for the evening and overnight period. This is a result of being unable to effectively monitor the hillside in the dark. Subject to weather conditions and a safety check in the morning, it is intended that the A83 will be re-opened (under traffic management) around 07:30.

A83 Rest & Be Thankful Landslide - 2/11/2014 UPDATE 14:00

Road temporarily reopens.

Following improved weather conditions and good progress made on-site, the A83 Rest and Be Thankful has temporarily re-opened to motorists under traffic management (from around 12:00 today).

The road is due to close to motorists again at 17:00 this evening with the Old Military Road again being deployed. This is a result of being unable to effectively monitor the hillside in the dark.

Subject to a further review of the road, hillside and weather conditions first thing tomorrow, the Old Military Road will be stood down and the A83 at the RABT is expected to re-open at 07:30 tomorrow morning.

A83 Rest & Be Thankful Landslide - 2/11/2014 UPDATE 09:00

As a result of heavy rainfall and localised flooding, The Old Military Road (OMR) local diversion route was required to be temporarily closed to cars for a short period late yesterday evening. The road was re-opened following improvements in the weather and the removal of the flooded water through pumps. The OMR has subsequently been in operation overnight.

There was further rainfall overnight and geotechnical specialists have commenced inspections this morning to monitor the stability of the hillside following this rain. A decision about when the A83 will re-open fully to the public will be taken later today and will be dependent on these inspections and expected weather conditions.

 A83 Rest & Be Thankful Landslide - 2/11/2014 UPDATE 07:00

As a result of heavy rainfall and localised flooding, The Old Military Road (OMR) local diversion route was required to be temporarily closed to cars for a short period late yesterday evening. The road was re-opened following improvements in the weather and the removal of the flooded water through pumps. The OMR has subsequently been in operation overnight.

Geotechnical specialists will commence inspections on the hillside this morning to monitor the stability of the hillside. A decision about when the A83 will reopen fully to the public will be taken later today and will be dependent on expected weather conditions.

 A83 Rest & Be Thankful Landslide - 1/11/2014 UPDATE 12:30

The Old Military Road local diversion route has operated successfully overnight with no notable incidents.

The OMR diversion will remain in place today as the on-site team continue the clear-up operation. Whilst weather conditions have improved, heavy rain is forecasted from early evening and overnight. A decision about when the A83 will reopen fully to the public will be taken tomorrow and will be dependent on expected weather conditions.

The Operating Company will continue to clear debris from the temporary storage location at Butterbridge layby, these works have no impact on traffic on the A83.

Head of Network Maintenance at Transport Scotland, Graham Edmond said: "The Old Military Road operated successfully again overnight with no issues to report. It continues to prove its worth as a back-up option, drastically cutting the diversion route and helping to support the message that the area remains open for business.

“I would again like to put on record my thanks for the patience and understanding shown by the local community and motorists affected, most of whom will appreciate that their safety is paramount.

"With heavy rain forecast later today the OMR remains in use, although inspection teams will be out first thing tomorrow to confirm when the main road can reopen safely."

Monitoring

A Jacobs Geotechnical Engineer will be continuing to monitor the scar slope for further signs of movement during daylight hours with a view to comparing with the situation tomorrow morning following the forecast heavy rain. The monitoring will be a combination of on-hill inspection and viewing through monoscope from the opposite side of Glen Croe as appropriate.

 A83 Rest & Be Thankful Landslide - 01/11/2014 UPDATE 09.30

Following the progress made yesterday to clear some of the rocks and boulders on the slope above the A83, inspections by specialist teams are now on-going on the hillside to assess safety at the site.  

In the meantime, the Old Military Road Diversion continues to operate well, keeping the area connected and open for business.

A83 Rest & Be Thankful Landslide - 31/10/2014, UPDATE 18.00

Good progress made at the Rest and Be Thankful

The massive efforts to clear rocks and boulders from the slope above the A83 have made good progress today thanks to an improvement in weather conditions at the Rest and Be Thankful.

Specialist teams have managed to get to the top of the hill to break up some of the huge boulders that have been deposited there following the largest recent landslide.

All of the debris from the bottom of the slope has now been cleared away and signs, floodlights and barriers have been put in place to get the A83 back into full operation as soon as the top of the hill has been made safe.

In the meantime, the Old Military Road Diversion continues to operate well, keeping the area connected and open for business.   

A83 Rest & Be Thankful Landslide - 30/10/2014 UPDATE 17:15

Several thousand vehicles on a daily basis are making use of the Old Military Road (OMR) diversion route as the clear-up from the recent landslide at the Rest and Be Thankful continues.

The OMR, which ensures that the area is kept open for business, is more than 26 miles or thirty-eight minutes shorter than the traditional diversion route and saves road users, including hauliers, both time and fuel costs.

The majority of the debris has now been cleared from the A83 and all that remains are some large boulders on the hillside. They have to be secured or broken-up before the road is safe to use.

Thick fog has hampered work at the top of the hill and the weather forecast suggests this is expected to persist until Saturday.

As a result the Old Military Road Diversion will continue to be in use at the weekend.

A83 LANDSLIDE CLEARANCE OPERATION - 30/10/2014 UPDATE 08:30

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE ROAD OPERATING COMPANY

The team from the road operating company have continued to work overnight facilitating the operation of the Old Military Road local diversion route which has ensured that Argyll stays open for business during the landslide at the Rest and be Thankful. The convoy operation has again operated satisfactorily overnight with no incidents of note. The night-time of the diversion route  follows risk assessments undertaken by Police Scotland and the road operating company and has incorporated several improvements to the signing,  lighting and operation of the convoy following the first use  of the road earlier this year.

Work on the removal of over 2,000 tonnes of debris from the road and slope progressed well yesterday and  effort will now be concentrated on completing this work and making safe the situation to allow the road to reopen later today. This will involve the removal of loose further material and the stabilisation, removal or splitting of boulders which pose a danger to motorists.

This work commenced at 07:00 first light, and whilst there is light rain there are present this is clearing, albeit a showery day is forecast.

Safety barrier and temporary traffic signals have also been installed overnight at A83 Glen Kinglas, West of the Rest and be Thankful at the site for a further landslide. This is a precautionary measure at present given the saturated conditions on the hillside and the risk of further debris flows.

OLD MILITARY ROAD (OMR) TO REMAIN IN OPERATION OVERNIGHT - 29/10/2014 UPDATE 16:15 

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE ROAD OPERATING COMPANY

Good progress is being made to remove what is now estimated to be in excess of 2,000 tonnes of material, which came down the hillside adjacent to the A83 trunk road at the Rest and be Thankful in yesterday’s landslide. The clearance operation involves three large specialist excavators including a long reach excavator that was specially transported from Ayrshire overnight to extract the 1,200 Tonnes of debris that was caught by the debris fencing on the hillside.

This is the largest recorded landslide in the area; the previous worst was in September 2009 when around 1,000 Tonnes of material came down the slope.

The A83 Old Military Road diversion which offers drivers a route past the Rest and Be Thankful remains in operation while the clearance is undertaken and this is operating well ensuring Argyll remains open for business.

So far, 1500 tonnes of debris has been removed from the site and this is continuing. The process to clear the debris from the hillside is more complex and will take time, particularly in relation to the size of some of the boulders. It will also involve the removal of the debris fence which felt the full force of 2,000 tonnes of material.

The specialist clearance operation will continue until the hours of darkness today, when it will then become too unsafe to work on the slope. Work will recommence tomorrow morning. It is expected that the A83 will re-open to motorists before tomorrow’s evening peak. As a precautionary measure this will be under temporary traffic signal control.

Further updates will be shared as the works progress tomorrow.

Where’s the best place to get live up to date information?

The road operating company will be feeding information to Traffic Scotland which will be available at www.trafficscotland.org and via Twitter @trafficscotland as well as supported by the road operating company at @NWTrunkRoads and will also be feeding information to BBC Radio Scotland Travel Desk who issue regular travel updates during morning drivetime broadcasts.

What alternative travel options are available?

Alternative diversion route 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.

Ferry services are available from Western Ferries with up to date information available at www.western-ferries.co.uk by phone 01369 or emailenquiries@western-ferries.co.uk

Live travel updates will be available via www.trafficscotland.org and via Twitter at @TrafficScotland

The road operating company would like to thank the community in Argyll & Bute for their assistance during this incident including the forwarding and distribution of information to their own wider contact groups through social media etc and making sure people know Argyll and Bute is open for business.