In order to preserving the A83 from landslides, a debris flow shelter, rather than an underground tunnel has been chosen by the Scottish government has chosen as the preferred option, whereas it is the long-term solution for the A83 Rest and Be Thankful through the Glen Croe valley in Argyll and Bute, which is often closed by landslides.
Considering that the proposal of a 1.2km tunnel with a 52m viaduct, were the contents of the five suggested options, the Scottish government surveyed the Norwegian government on its experience in assessing and building tunnels in March 2023.
An online exhibition allows the public to view and comment on the preferred option. The Transport Scotland project team and technical advisers also are due to attend public exhibitions from June 12-15 in Arrochar and Lochgilphead.
According to Minister for transport Kevin Stewart: “Identifying the preferred route was a very important milestone in finding a solution to this long-standing problem.”
He invited feedback from the public and said: “Work would continue on developing the proposal, including the detailed development and assessment of the preferred option along with the preparation of an Environmental Impact Assessment, draft Road Orders and draft Compulsory Purchase Orders.”