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Travel chaos across Cowal

Road closures and amber alerts in place

By Megan Bonar

Bad weather is currently causing travel chaos across Cowal.

The A815 between Rashfield and Glenbranter is currently closed due to a burst water main.

Argyll and Bute council confirmed Scottish Water are currently in attendance.

This is having a knock-on effect on public transport with West Coast Motors confirming on Twitter that their 484 and 486 services are currently being diverted via Ardentinny causing delays.

Elsewhere, travellers on the A83 will be required to use the Old Military Road from 3:30pm as a precaution ahead of heavy rainfall which is forecast.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West representative said: “We’re putting road user safety first and diverting all traffic to use the Old Military Road from 3.30pm as a safety precaution due to tonight’s weather forecast of heavy rain showers.

“A band of heavy rain is expected to impact the area from this afternoon, with persistent rainfall expected throughout the night and into Friday morning.

“We have teams closely monitoring conditions in the area as well as the hillside above the A83, and we’ll assess the situation tomorrow morning with a view to re-opening the trunk road as quickly as possible if conditions permit and it is safe to do so.

“As ever, we thank all road users and the local community for their patience in advance while we continue with our work to address the Rest and Be Thankful.”

On the ferries, the CalMac Gourock to Dunoon route is currently operating on amber alert due to high winds, meaning there could be disruptions or cancellations at short notice.

Western Ferries are operating to timetable.

A yellow weather warning for heavy rain will remain in place through to Saturday (October 9).

The Met office advises those travelling to expect bus services to be affected and longer journey times.

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