Traffic management response during challenging conditions
Every effort is made to maintain traffic on the A83. Inclement weather and the effect that this can have on the hillside can result in convoy operation being implemented, allowing the trunk road to remain in use as long as it is safe to do so.
The benefits of convoy operation include:
- A greater level of control over traffic movements on the A83
- Constant communication about hillside conditions between traffic management operatives, hillside spotters and roadside sentries
- A physical ability to stop traffic in a safe location while appropriate inspections are undertaken.
Where there is concern regarding the ability to operate the A83 due to weather and hillside conditions, consideration is given to diverting traffic to the Old Military Road as a safety precaution.
Only in exceptional circumstances, where hillside conditions are deemed to pose significant risk, is use of the Strategic Incident Diversion Route via the A82/A85 considered.