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PE01540: Permanent Solution for A83


Petitioner: Douglas Philand


Date Lodged: 30 November 2014

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to ensure that a permanent solution for the A83 at Rest and be thankful ensuring the vital lifeline route is not closed because of landslides

Petition History:


17 February 2015: The Committee took evidence from Councillor Douglas Philand, Councillor Donald Kelly, and Councillor John McAlpine, Argyll First. The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government/Transport Scotland, Argyll and Bute Council and Mid Argyll Chamber of Commerce. Link to Official Report 17 February 2015 

Below: Donald Kelly, Douglas Philand and John McAlpine at the meeting of 17 February 2015


28 April 2015: The Committee agreed to await the outcome of the Taskforce meeting in June 2015 and consider the petition again in light of that. The Committee also agreed to undertake a site visit and hold an external meeting in the area at a future date. Link to Official Report 28 April 2015

7 September 2015: The Committee took evidence from Derek Mackay, Minister for Transport and Islands, Jonathan Moran, Acting National Network Manager and Keith Murray, Project Manager, Trunk Road and Bus Operations, Transport Scotland, Scottish Government. The Committee agreed to reflect on the evidence heard and the information received at the site visit at a future meeting. Link to Official Report 7 September 2015

27 October 2015: The Committee agreed to write to Transport Scotland. Link to Official Report 27 October 2015 

23 February 2016: The Committee agreed to include the petition in its legacy paper for consideration by the Session 5 Public Petitions Committee. In doing so, the Committee agreed to write to Transport Scotland. Link to Official Report 23 February 2016

30 June 2016: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government. Link to Official Report 30 June 2016

29 September 2016: The Committee agreed to write to the Minister for Transport and the Islands. Link to Official Report 29 September

22 December 2016: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government. Link to Official Report 22 December 2016

Written Submissions: 

Do the residents of Argyll and Bute want a permanent solution to the landslides that close our lifeline route into and out of Argyll

A total waste of 8 million. Our Spanish friends just laughed at the futile attempts we are making to try and stop the landslides and said they should come to Spain to see how to resolve the problem.

Anne McCallum

14:46 on 10 Nov 2014

It has to be a tunnel. If you travel anywhere in Europe this is the norm. You will then in the winter have no need to grit or snow plough the road saving thousands of pounds on the roads budget

David McCallum

14:35 on 10 Nov 2014

build a tunnel or impact roof allowing debris to fall down the mountain. the problem will to continue to get worse and will cost another x millions of pounds

alex armstrong

16:36 on 09 Nov 2014

It has to be clear to anyone who has viewed the scale of the fence barriers against the size of the hill, that they were never going to work. We are overdue for a proper solution to this, possibly a tunnel.

Paul Ashton

15:39 on 08 Nov 2014

What happened to the feasibility study that was to be done? The Scottish Government is allowing a road to be used that is unsafe. It is amazing that no one has been killed. Is that what it will take? A bus full of tourists killed by thousands of tons of falling rock. Will it be like the notorious A74 that there had to be a certain number of fatalities before something is done?

Michael Watts

22:54 on 07 Nov 2014

I am disabled, having non- Hodgkins Lymphoma and Peripheral Neuropathy, and have to make numerous trips each year to hospitals in Glasgow and the Vale of Leven from my home in Tarbert, Kintyre. My condition means I am very sensitive to vibration. Every closure means at least an additional 50 miles each way. The level of pain I have to deal with is extreme at the best of times. A permanent solution is greatly needed.

Neil Anderson

19:11 on 07 Nov 2014

Building "shed" protection (as used in Austria, Switzerland etc.) in the areas threatened by landslips should be tried.It may be less expensive than many of the other schemes which have been tried or suggested.

Robert Keith Thomson

18:50 on 07 Nov 2014

If this was the main access route to the Scottish Parliament it would have been resolved by now. Spend some money in rural areas rather than always on your back door ministers!!! I had to endure over a 3 hour detour home last night due to the A83 & A82 being closed. How is the new bridge coming along by the way??

Steven Girvan

10:22 on 07 Nov 2014



10:06 on 07 Nov 2014

All Roads in need upgraded

Fiona Fraser

20:15 on 06 Nov 2014

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