Overnight Road Closures A83 Effect Islay Travellers

Scotland TranServ has announced overnight road closures on the A83 between Lochgilphead and Inveraray in Argyll due to necessary maintenance. These closures start on the 30th of May and last until the 25th of June. The schemes, which together are worth £675,000, are currently programmed to be carried out in separate two week slots and are scheduled as follows: A83 Birdfield and A83 Minard (30th May 2010 until 11th June 2010), A83 Duncholgan (6th June 2010 until 18th June 2010) and A83 Dalchenna point (13th June 2010 until 25th June 2010). Scotland TranServ stressed that night-time road closures are necessary on this trunk route to ensure the safety of road workers and road users alike. The work will be carried out between 8pm and 6am Sunday night to Friday morning. Continue reading.....

A Scotland TranServ spokesperson said: “This resurfacing is essential to ensure we maintain the A83 in good working order. While we appreciate there will be some disruption, we are working hard to keep this to a minimum. ”We would ask that road users plan their journeys in advance, leaving extra time for their journeys on the nights concerned, particularly between 6-11 June when three closures are expected to be in place (Minard, Birdfield and Duncholgan).”

While for most motorists this is regarded as good news there is a downside to these overnight roadclosures as well. Travelling to and from Islay can be effected if you are either travelling very early to Kennacraig or arrive on the late ferry at Kennacraig. The Press and Journal had an article on their site about the outrage of the overnight closures. Islay-based Councillor Robin Currie said: “The first ferry to Islay leaves Kennacraig on the A83 at 7am, therefore as an example, one would have to be through Minard at about 5.30am, particularly if driving a commercial vehicle. “Evening sailings from Islay arrive at Kennacraig at 8.20pm and on a Wednesday arrive at 9.45pm so the proposed closures will have serious repercussions for island traffic.”

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