Saga of A83 Rest clo­sures must end

Campbeltown Courier - - YOUR VIEWS -

Sir, Yet again the A83 is closed be­cause of a land­slip at the Rest and Be Thank­ful. Hav­ing been a res­i­dent in Ar­gyll for 25 years I have lost count of the times this road has been af­fected by land­slips. A ‘stick­ing plas­ter’ is con­stantly used to try to re­solve the sit­u­a­tion and has ab­so­lutely no ef­fect. I dread to think of the cost of try­ing to sort out this sit­u­a­tion over the years by con­tin­u­ally at­tempt­ing to shore up the hill­side. Given the in­creas­ingly volatile weather in the lo­cal­ity it is never go­ing to rec­tify the prob­lem. When the cost to date is con­sid­ered and the fact that the Old Mil­i­tary Road was up­graded at great ex­pense and was not used last week, it is time the au­thor­i­ties bit the bul­let and stopped pussy­foot­ing around. In Europe there are end­less tun­nels pro­vid­ing safe pas­sage through many routes and cost does not seem to be an is­sue. The only so­lu­tion is to build a tun­nel or is the pop­u­la­tion of Ar­gyll too small and in­signif­i­cant to war­rant the ex­pense? Our elected politi­cians do not seem to care about the in­cred­i­ble dis­rup­tion this con­tin­u­ing saga has on the wel­fare of the area. Keith Aben­droth, High Askomil, Camp­bel­town.

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