More delays ahead for drivers, warns MSP

Drivers will face even more disruption when planned roadworks begin on the A83 next month, MSP Jackie Baillie has warned.

Resurfacing work will take place on a one-mile stretch of the trunk road north of Ardgartan from Monday February 17.

BEAR Scotland is warning drivers that a 10mph convoy system will be in place between the hours of 7am and 7pm on weekdays until Friday February 28.

Jackie wrote to BEAR Scotland urging them to consider carrying out the work during off-peak hours and night time to minimise disruption.

Jackie said: “This section of the road is in a very poor state so I am delighted that it will finally be resurfaced. However there is no escaping the fact that this will cause considerable disruption for commuters, residents and local businesses.

“I am particularly concerned that the 7am to 7pm schedule could cause unnecessary disruption for people on their daily commute to work in Helensburgh or Faslane.

“And for those travelling to and from Glasgow, there’s the added stress caused by the delays at the Erskine Bridge.

“BEAR Scotland must consider all options to minimise any disruption so I hope they will look carefully at my call for off-peak and night-time working.”

Recent roadworks have seen the nearby A82 closed, most recently because of a landslip, with traffic diverted along the A83 over the Rest and be Thankful – itself a notorious area for landslides.

For an account of how the Honeymoon Bridge gained its name, see this account by the Arrochar, Tarbet and Ardlui Heritage Group.