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