Drivers face huge detour after trunk road is blocked

Heavy rain causes major landslip

By JANE CANDLISH AND RITA CAMPBELL

Published: 09/09/2009

A main route in Argyll has been closed after a landslip brought 612 tonnes of rock and mud on to the road yesterday, creating massive detours for motorists.

The landslip happened as gale-force winds with gusts of up to 80mph lashed the West Highlands and Islands.

Heavy rain triggered the landslip at about 12.30pm at the Rest and Be Thankful on the A83 Tarbet-Campbeltown road. The trunk road – the main artery into south Argyll – has been shut in both directions at Arrochar and Cairndow. Drivers now face a 55-mile diversion via Crianlarich and Dalmally.

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