Landslips in Argyll cause travel disruption

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Work has begun to clear about 2,000 tonnes of debris from Sunday's landslip at the Rest and Be Thankful

A trunk road through Argyll will be closed until at least Tuesday after a landslip.

The A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful was shut by a "significant landslide" at the same location for the second time in six weeks. Work to clear 2,000 tonnes of debris is ongoing.

The nearby old military road has also been closed by the landslip.

The West Highland railway line in Argyll has also been shut after debris was discovered near Bridge of Orchy.

A Met Office yellow warning for rain was in place for much of the west of Scotland on Sunday and 75mm (3in) of rain fell in 24 hours at the Rest and Be Thankful over the weekend.

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The latest landslip occurred in the same location where boulders the size of cars were part of a landslide that blocked the road for more than a month

Road operator Bear Scotland said mitigation measures at the A83 and the nearby old military road, which had both been closed ahead of the forecasted heavy rain, had worked well.

The route only reopened on 7 September following a 10,000 tonne landslide at the beginning of August.

The latest closure means drivers have to follow a 59-mile (95km) diversion.

Eddie Ross, of Bear Scotland, said: "Around 75mm of rain fell in a few hours in the early hours of Sunday which triggered another significant landslide at the same location as the event on 4 August.

"Much of this was caught in the temporary debris fence and debris pits. However, as the landslide event continued throughout Sunday those measures were overtopped on to the A83 with some reaching the old military road."

Mr Ross said that by Tuesday morning Bear Scotland would have a clearer view of the work required to reopen the A83 and the old military road as a diversionary route.

Railway closed by landslip

The West Highland Line was shut on Monday morning between Fort William and Crianlarich.

ScotRail, Caledonian Sleeper and freight services have been affected by the closure.

Network Rail Scotland said it expected the line to be closed for most of Monday. ScotRail said it was working on alternative travel arrangements.

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Debris from the landslip on the West Highland Line near Bridge of Orchy

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