Old Military Road closes overnight again as a precaution

Landslide at Rest and Be Thankful

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image captionThe A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful was hit by another landslide at the weekend

The road used to divert traffic past a landslide at the Rest and Be Thankful in Argyll is being closed overnight as a precaution.

The Old Military Road was being used after the A83 was blocked by

a “significant landslide” at the same location for the second time in six weeks.

Work to clear 5,000 tonnes of debris is ongoing.

The new closure follows further rain in the area.

It means drivers will have to follow a 59-mile (95km) diversion.

Safety assessments will take place from 07:00 on Wednesday to determine if it is safe to reopen the Old Military Road.

The main route only reopened on 7 September following a 10,000 tonne landslide at the beginning of August.

Eddie Ross, of Bear Scotland, said: “The standard diversion route via the A83, A82, A85 and A819 will be reinstated from 7.30pm tonight.

“The clear-up operation is progressing well which is allowing us to gauge the damage caused to the road, drainage and safety barriers.

“Safety has to come first and as ever we thank the local community and road users for their patience while we address the situation at the Rest.”

He added: “Argyll remains very much open for business and we ask road users to plan their journey in advance by checking Traffic Scotland for the real-time travel information.”

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