Page last updated at 11:38 GMT, Thursday, 10 September 2009 12:38 UK

Road open 48 hours after landslip


Engineers worked for 48 hours to clear the road

The A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful in Argyll has reopened - two days after a landslide brought 1,000 tonnes of mud and rubble onto the road.

Transport Scotland said the route would open at 1500 BST after efforts to clear debris and repair the lower embankment.

It said "thorough safety checks" had been concluded and traffic management systems were now in place.

The road was closed on Tuesday after a section of the hillside came away following sustained heavy rain.

Transport Scotland said that 1,070 tonnes of debris had been removed from the A83.

'Swift' response

The lower embankment has been repaired with 250 tonnes of rockfill and blocked culverts and ditches have been cleared and are now "running free".

Traffic management systems will remain on the road until more permanent measures are implemented next year.

Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson said the quick response to the landslip had "minimised inconvenience and disruption to the local community".

"The response has been swift and we appreciate the patience shown by the general public while the road was made safe and brought back to normal operations," he said.

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