THE A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful is to remain closed overnight after more than 2,000 tonnes of debris blocked the route in the second landslip in recent weeks.

The trunk road – which only re-opened last week after a major landslide on August 4 – was hit by another significant landslip at 7am on Sunday after more heavy rain in the area.

Both the A83 itself and the Old Military Road (OMR) diversion route had been closed since Saturday afternoon as a precaution, due to concern at the forecast of up to 90 millimetres of intense rainfall in Argyll.

BEAR Scotland, the company responsible for maintenance of the A83, said that while much of the 1,000 tonnes of debris that fell down the hillside on Sunday morning was caught by temporary mitigation measures in the area, including a pit and rockfall barrier, heavy rain and further slippages continued throughout the day.

The firm said the persistent slippages had "precluded the undertaking of a full geotechnical safety assessment" to examine the risk of further landslides.

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Both the A83 and the OMR have remained closed since the latest landslip, with traffic diverted via the A82, A85 and A819 – a diversion of around 59 miles.

BEAR Scotland reviewed the situation on Monday morning and confirmed that the A83 and Old Military Road diversion will be closed overnight.

In the meantime, traffic is diverted via the A82, A85 and A819. To assist, Western Ferries are providing an extra ferry on the Gourock to Dunoon route.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West representative, said: "Tomorrow morning (Tuesday, September 15) we will review progress and advise on the potential for re-opening the Old Military Road local diversion and also have a clearer view of the work required to re-open the A83."

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