Soil Engineering to undertake major ground investigation at the A83 Rest And Be Thankful

Transport Scotland have announced that Soil Engineering Geoservices have been awarded the contract to provide ground investigation services at the A83 Rest And Be Thankful, to support the design of their medium term solution for the safety of the route.

Long-standing framework suppliers to Transport Scotland, Soil Engineering have previously undertaken complex investigation works along the A9 Dualling scheme, and on the A82 at Loch Lomond. Our understanding of challenging terrain, complex logistics and the provision of high-quality ground investigation will all combine to deliver this eight-week scheme to provide significant benefit to transport reliability in Scotland.

Scottish Government Announcement

Cabinet Secretary for Transport Fiona Hyslop has commented:

“The Scottish Government remains committed to delivering a long-term solution to the landslip risks at the A83 Rest and Be Thankful.

“The announcement last June of the preferred route option for the Long-Term Solution was a significant confirmation of our commitment to improve the route. The design work for this is being progressed with a view to publishing draft Orders by the end of this year.

“At the same time, we are progressing our plans to increase the resilience of the temporary diversion route along the Old Military Road. The first phase of the work to realign the southern end of the route, reducing the risk of flooding, is progressing well and remains on schedule to be completed in Spring.

“The ground investigations to inform future phases of the Medium Term Solution are expected to start next month and we will then look to start further works later this year, subject to obtaining the necessary consents.

“Design work for both the medium and long term solutions continue to be progressed at pace and we are holding public engagement events this week to update local communities and road users on how the work is progressing and to let them comment on our plans.

“When completed, the work on the Old Military Road will increase the resilience of the temporary diversion route by reducing the likelihood of landslides impacting it. These improvements will mean more certainty for locals and road users if the A83 has to shut due to adverse weather conditions.

“All of this underlines the Scottish Government’s commitment to work with local communities and key stakeholders to ensure that Argyll & Bute remains open for business.”

Specialist Delivery

The project will be delivered by Soil Engineering’s Major Projects team, supported by our Scottish Office in Coatbridge. The team have previously been responsible for delivering significant schemes across the UK, and bring market-leading safety, quality and data management to this pivotal project for Argyll and Bute.


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