Landslide warning for Scotland's roads

One in five of Scotland's trunk roads is in danger from landslides. A report says the worst is the A82 between Glasgow and Inverness. Warmer, wetter weather means more roads are affected and there has been a warning the situation is only going to get worse.    

Those of who drive are already well acquainted with delays - roadworks, traffic jams and the like. Now there is a new hazard, landslides. 

This was the extreme end of the scale - 57 people had to be airlifted to safety after two landslides cut them off at Lochearnhead in 2004. 

That day, Scotland had three times its average annual rainfall in an hour. 

Lawrence Shackman from Transport Scotland said:  "If it rains in Scotland there will be a landslide. Global warming doesn't help. Long hot summers followed by heavy rain is a contributory factor."

One in five roads are affected, according to a report out today. 

The worst is the A82 between Glasgow and Inverness north of Loch Lochy and the A83 to Campbeltown at the Rest and Be Thankful.  

The A9 around Helmsdale is highlighted as are Glen Garry north of Pitlochry and a section of the A9 north of Dunkeld.  

Scotland's motorways also featured - a stretch of the M90 from Edinburgh to Perth was rated at risk from landslides north of Glen Farg, as was the M74 from Glasgow to Carlisle, along a small section at Elvanfoot, north of Beattock.  

The police will have to get their retaliation in early by patrolling and monitoring at-risk areas. 

The bad news for motorists is that they can expect more delays and the situation is not going to get any better, only worse.