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 Forestry and Land Scotland has advised that there is likely to be a one week delay in reopening both lanes of the A83 at the Rest & Be Thankful. 

Work to complete a catch-pit at the bottom of the landslip that occurred in January, has been delayed as some materials suppliers have shut down in compliance with COVID-19 guidance.  

FLS Planning Manager, John Hair, said; 

“We had been making really good progress and were looking to finish off work on the catch pit and be ready for a 26 April re-opening. 

“However, it looks like this might now happen later in the week.  

“The last thing we need to do at the bottom of the slop is build the barrier between the pit and the road, which will help stop any debris that might come down the hill in the event of any future extreme weather events and confine it to the catch pit. 

“Unfortunately, the company that was to supply the rock has closed due to the current health crisis, so we’re going to get this stone from one of our own quarries.  

“This means we’ll have to rejig our essential work programmes and will lead to a short delay. We’re now working to a new opening date of Monday 4 May.”


Notes to editors

  1. Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) manages forests and land owned by Scottish Minsters in a way that supports and enables economically sustainable forestry; conserves and enhances the environment; delivers benefits for people and nature; and supports Scottish Ministers in their stewardship of Scotland's national forests and land.
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