Argyllshire Advertiser : 2020-09-25

NEWS : 5 : 5

NEWS

5 NEWS The Argyllshir­e Advertiser Friday 25 September 2020 Alternativ­e routes into Argyll unveiled The 11 road alternativ­es (see page one) currently being considered by Transport Scotland’s Access to Argyll and Bute (A83) project team are summarised below. Transport Scotland notes that fixed link crossings over the Firth of Clyde will ‘present considerab­le challenges’ as the area is used by large ships as well MOD submarines. Options four and five involve constructi­on in the vicinity of the Ministry of Defence (MOD) bases of Faslane and Coulport with a section of the proposed corridor utilising MOD-owned roads. Length where no road currently exists: approximat­ely 4.1 miles (6.7km). Approximat­e overall length: 47 miles (76km). 2SWLRQ *OHQ &URH A83 at Port Ann. Length where no road currently exists: approximat­ely 3.5 miles (5.5km). Approximat­e overall length: 47 miles (76km). In broad terms this option generally follows the forestry track on the opposite side of Glen Croe. Engineerin­g measures would potentiall­y be required to fit the new road into the topography of this side of the glen. 2SWLRQ 1RUWK $\UVKLUH &RZDO /RFKJLOSKHD­G 2SWLRQ ,QYHUFO\GH &RZDO &DLUQGRZ From the A78 near West Kilbride on 1.6-mile (2.65km) and 1.5-mile (2.53km) fixed link crossings between the mainland and the Isle of Bute via Little Cumbrae and a 0.3mile (0.5km) fixed link crossing between the Isle of Bute and Cowal near Colintraiv­e. Thereafter generally following the the C11 and B8000 to Otter Ferry. Cross Loch Fyne via a 1.6mile (2.7km) bridge to tie into the A83 at Port Ann. Length where no road currently exists: approximat­ely 4 miles (6.7km). Approximat­e overall length: 40 miles (62.7km) . A 2.4-mile (3.9km) bridge from the A78 at Inverclyde across the Firth of Clyde near Gourock to Dunoon to link with the A815 then onward to the A83 at Cairndow. Approximat­e overall length: 31.5 miles (50.7km). 2SWLRQ *OHQ .LQJODV The Glen Kinglas corridor follows the wide valley floor from the A83 at Butterbrid­ge, heading north-east towards Loch Sloy, and then continuing to the A82 north of Ardlui. The overall length is approximat­ely 7.5 miles (12 km). Passes through similar terrain to that of the Rest and Be Thankful. Road structures and ground engineerin­g measures would likely be required to fit the new road in the topography of the valley. 2SWLRQ ,QYHUFO\GH &RZDO /RFKJLOSKHD­G A 2.4-mile (3.9km) bridge from the A78 across the Firth of Clyde to link to the A815 near Dunoon, then from Dalinlonga­rt generally following existing roads to Otter Ferry. Cross Loch Fyne via a 1.6-mile (2.7km) bridge to tie into the A83 at Port Ann. Approximat­e overall length: 27 miles (43.6km). 2SWLRQ *OHQ )\QH The Glen Fyne corridor follows the wide valley floor from the A83 at the head of Loch Fyne, heading north-east, to the A82 north of Inverarnan. The overall length of the corridor is approximat­ely 9.5 miles (15km). Passes through similar terrain to that of the Rest and Be Thankful. Road structures and ground engineerin­g measures would likely be required to fit the new road in the topography of the valley. 2SWLRQ +HOHQVEXUJK &RZDO &DLUQGRZ Linking the A814 at Helensburg­h to Cowal, with the provision of fixed link crossings at Gare Loch and Loch Long. A connection from the A814 to Cowal via approximat­ely 0.4-mile (0.68km) and 1.8-mile (2.98km) fixed link crossings to the Rosneath Peninsula. Having crossed Loch Long to Strone, generally follows the existing A880, C09 over Glen Finart to Loch Eck and A815 to tie back into the A83 at Cairndow. Approximat­e overall length: 31 miles (50.3km). 2SWLRQ D 1RUWK $\UVKLUH &DLUQGRZ YLD &ROLQWUDLYH From the A78 near West Kilbride in North Ayrshire on 1.6-mile (2.65km) and 1.5-mile (2.53km) fixed link crossings between the mainland and the Isle of Bute via Little Cumbrae and a 0.3-mile (0.5km) fixed link crossing between the Isle of Bute and Cowal near Colintraiv­e. Then generally follows the A886 to Strachur and the A815 to tie back into the A83 at Cairndow. Length where no road currently exists: approximat­ely 4 miles (6.7km). Approximat­e overall length: 55 miles (89.8km). 2SWLRQ $ &RZDO &DLUQGRZ A 0.8-mile (1.4km) bridge from Whistlefie­ld, near Garelochhe­ad across Loch Long to Barnacabbe­r. Then follows the existing C09 and A815 to tie back into the A83 at Cairndow. Length where no road currently exists: approximat­ely 3.5 miles (5.5km). Approximat­e overall length: 36 miles (57.9km). 2SWLRQ +HOHQVEXUJK &RZDO /RFKJLOSKHD­G Helensburg­h to Mid Argyll via Cowal, with fixed link crossings at Gare Loch, Loch Long and Loch Fyne. Involves a connection from the A814 to Strone via approximat­ely 0.4-mile (0.68km) and 1.8-mile (2.98km) fixed link crossings to the Rosneath Peninsula. From Strone and Kilmun to Dalinlonga­rt, before heading to Otter Ferry. Cross Loch Fyne via a 1.6-mile (2.7km) bridge to tie into the A83 at Port Ann. Approximat­e overall length: 30 miles (48.6km). 2SWLRQ E 1RUWK $\UVKLUH &DLUQGRZ YLD 'XQRRQ From the A78 near West Kilbride on 1.6-mile (2.65km) and 1.5-mile (2.53km) fixed link crossings between the mainland and the Isle of Bute via Little Cumbrae and a 1.3-mile (2.23km) fixed link crossing between the Isle of Bute and Toward. Then generally follows the existing B881, A844 and A815 past Dunoon, the A815 to Strachur, joining the A83 at Cairndow. 2SWLRQ $ &RZDO /RFKJLOSKHD­G A 0.9-mile (1.4km) bridge from Whistlefie­ld, near Garelochhe­ad across Loch Long to Barnacabbe­r. Then follows the existing C09 through Glen Finart, back to Kilmun and Dalinlonga­rt on the A815 and then the existing B836, A886, C11 and B8000 to Otter Ferry. Cross Loch Fyne via a 1.6-mile (2.7km) bridge to tie into the The Rest and Be Thankful – the area being avoided.

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