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Rest and Be Thankful road reopens following landslides

The Old Military Road on the A83 was closed last week after a series of landslides.

Reopened: Old Military Road was closed last week.
Reopened: Old Military Road was closed last week. Traffic Scotland

Rest and Be Thankful has reopened to traffic via the Old Military Road (OMD) diversion route, following an inspection by experts.

The OMD reopened at 10am on Monday but will close again at 6pm with further inspections carried out on Tuesday morning.

However, the A83 remains closed while expert teams continue to work on the slopes above it.

The road in Argyll and Bute was closed after a prolonged period heavy rain brought by Storm Callum caused a series of landslides in the area.

Multiple landslips occurred throughout Tuesday making the road unsafe and extremely difficult for teams to begin assessments to determine the scale of the material which was coming down the hillside.

Then on Friday heavy rain and strong winds brought 300 tonnes of debris from the hillside on to the A83 as operators were still trying to clear landslips from earlier in the week.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland's north west manager said: "This is the first step to the full opening of the Old Military Road and ultimately the A83 and hopefully will allow for improved journey times in and out of Argyll.

"Safety of motorists and our workforce is always a priority and given the forecast rain for Tuesday a cautious approach is being taken. We will continue to monitor the situation on the hillside and it is hoped that given the generally improving weather forecast this week that good progress can be made in the full recovery of the A83.

"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 multiple landslips 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."

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