Storm Frank: Cars caught up in Rest and Be Thankful landslide

The landslip at the Rest and be Thankful on December 30
The landslip at the Rest and be Thankful on December 30

Two cars were caught up in a landslide on the A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful this morning.

Up to 300 tonnes of debris was washed down the hillside on the Tarbet to Campbeltown trunk road.

Police said that no-one was seriously injured in incident which took place at 7.35am, although one woman was taken to the Royal Alexandria Hospital in Paisley for a check up.

A spokeswoman for Bear Scotland said: “Approximately 200 to 300 tonnes of material has been washed down the hillside, with further debris continuing to flow.

“Two cars were caught in the wash-out and the vehicles are awaiting recovery from the carriageway.

“The slip occurred just south of the B828 junction in the same location as the December 5 slip and BEAR emergency teams and specialist contractors are currently on-site assessing the situation.

“A geotechnical inspection is on-going to assess the safety of opening the Old Military Road local diversion and to commence the clear up operation on the A83.

“Due to the flooding one mile north of Ardgartan the local diversion route cannot be opened until the Ardgartan flooding is cleared. An excavator is on site and the clear-up operation is underway to remove debris from the road, clear culverts and flooding with a view to open this section of the A83 as soon as possible.”

A diversion route is in place via the A82/ A85 / A819.

Westbound

Turn right onto the A82 at Tarbet and follow the road until Crianlarich – Turn left onto A82 and continue until Tyndrum – Turn left onto the A85 and continue until Dalmally – Turn left onto A819 and follow the road until Inveraray. Thereafter follow permanent signing. Distance: 58.8 miles.

Eastbound

At Inveraray, turn left onto the A819 then follow the road until Dalmally – Turn right onto the A85 and continue until Tyndrum – Turn right onto the A82 and follow the road to Crianlarich – Turn right onto A82 and follow the road until Tarbet. Distance: 58.8 miles.

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