Rus­sell: Ur­gent ac­tion and in­vest­ment needed to up­grade ma­jor artery road

The Herald - - NEWS - ALISON MEIKLE

ONE of Scot­land’s key roads is in ur­gent need of new in­vest­ment.

Ar­gyll MSP and Govern­ment Min­is­ter Michael Rus­sell is call­ing for a meet­ing to press for ac­tion and fresh spend­ing on the A83.

Speaking af­ter vis­it­ing the Rest and Be Thank­ful, which is still closed af­ter the land­slide there ear­lier this week, Mr Rus­sell said lessons must be learnt from the lat­est in­ci­dent.

He said: “Along with lo­cal coun­cil­lors on both sides of the Rest and the lo­cal MP I am press­ing for an ur­gent meet­ing of the A83 Task Force to con­sider those lessons and en­sure that the new Trans­port Min­is­ter is ab­so­lutely aware of the A83 as un­fin­ished busi­ness which needs fur­ther ac­tion and in­vest­ment.”

He added: “I was at the Rest this morn­ing, as was the Trans­port Sec­re­tary Michael Mathe­son, though we were at dif­fer­ent sides of the new slips that sud­denly oc­curred as a re­sult of tor­ren­tial rain and high wind.

“Per­son­ally, I have never seen more wa­ter com­ing off the hills, nor more ex­ten­sive dam­age to the slopes.

“I know that the team from Trans­port Scot­land and Bear are do­ing their ut­most to get the roads open again.”

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