Bid to keep 40mph speed limit through Fur­nace is wel­comed

Com­mu­nity coun­cil wel­comes bid to make cut per­ma­nent

Argyllshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Colin Cameron editor@ar­gyll­shiread­ver­

TRAF­FIC on a busy trunk road through a Loch Fyne-side vil­lage will be per­ma­nently re­stricted to slower speeds if plans by Trans­port Scot­land go ahead.

It has been 12 months since the gov­ern­ment agency re­spon­si­ble for trunk roads in­tro­duced an ex­tended 40mph speed limit on a year­long trial on the A83 be­tween Fur­nace and Crarae.

As the trial pe­riod ends, Trans­port Scot­land has ex­tended the tem­po­rary mea­sure while it pre­pares to make the lower speed limit per­ma­nent.

Fur­nace Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, though, has heard noth­ing from Trans­port Scot­land about the next steps.

Com­mu­nity coun­cil chair­man Mike Masters said: ‘I’ve had no of­fi­cial no­ti­fi­ca­tion the limit is to be made per­ma­nent. How­ever, I have been told the no­tices orig­i­nally put up on posts along the road have re­cently been changed to one stat­ing that an ap­pli­ca­tion has been made to make the 40mph limit per­ma­nent. This does sound promis­ing. In the mean­time, I would say that the new limit has brought about a great im­prove­ment for all those who live along this sec­tion of road.

‘Lower speed has re­duced traf­fic noise and the com­bi­na­tion of lower speed and a wider foot­path has made a huge dif­fer­ence to those who use it to ac­cess the vil­lage. All in all, a very pos­i­tive re­sult.’

A Trans­port Scot­land spokesper­son said: ‘We in­tro­duced the tem­po­rary speed limit be­tween Fur­nace and Cum­lod­den fol­low­ing dis­cus­sions with the lo­cal com­mu­nity last year. We are mon­i­tor­ing traf­fic speeds and per­sonal in­jury ac­ci­dents in the area and ex­tended the tem­po­rary or­der to al­low us to com­plete our eval­u­a­tion and progress a per­ma­nent or­der.

‘We will pro­vide the com­mu­nity coun­cil with feed­back in the com­ing months and lis­ten to their views be­fore de­cid­ing on the best way for­ward.’

The Ar­gyll­shire Ad­ver­tiser asked the pub­lic for views on the suc­cess or oth­er­wise of the lower speed limit.

The con­sen­sus was that it had been a good idea, with some peo­ple sug­gest­ing the 40mph should be ex­tended to in­clude bends on the A83 north of Fur­nace be­yond Pow­der­mills.

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