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S5W-19421: Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 17 October 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how much of the reported £56 million that that has been spent on the A83 since 2007 has been allocated each year to landslide mitigation measures at (a) the Rest and Be Thankful and (b) other sections of that road.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 14 November 2018

The requested information is provided in the table below. Since April 2007, £69.8 million has been invested in maintaining the A83. This includes‎ £11 million on landslide mitigation measures and improvements to the Old Military Road local diversion. A programme of roadside catchpit works commenced in‎ 2017-18 (currently programmed for completion in late 2019-20). This package is estimated at £4.4 million. Mitigation works have also been delivered at other locations on the A83 as noted in the following table.

The requested information can be provided on an annual basis from 2013-14 onwards (i.e. the current “4G” term maintenance contract) due to how these records are stored. From 2007 to April 2013 during the previous contract, that data was not stored in that format and as such, annual breakdowns cannot be provided. However recently reported figures identify a spend at the Rest and Be Thankful and Old Military Road from 2007-2013 as £3.9 million.


Financial Year

A83 Rest and be Thankful (£)

A83 Other (£)






Glen Kinglas £44,231.73



Loch Shira £125,181.97

Glen Kinglas £17,176.19



Glen Kinglas £818.69



Glen Kinglas £245,000

2018-2019 (includes £0.87M spend to date and £0.9M programmed. It excludes landslide clearance operations for October 2018 as this information is not currently available)