Safety measures for treach­er­ous A923 route

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - NEWS - Clare Damodaran

Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil has com­mit­ted to fur­ther measures to im­prove road safety on the treach­er­ous A923 in a let­ter to a lo­cal MSP.

The renowned ac­ci­dent blackspot hit the head­lines ear­lier this sum­mer fol­low­ing a tragic crash which took the life of a young mo­torist.

In the let­ter to Con­ser­va­tive MSP for Mid-Scot­land and Fife Murdo Fraser, the head of en­vi­ron­men­tal and con­sumer ser­vices at the coun­cil, Wil­lie Young, stated that a route ac­tion plan is be­ing un­der­taken by the traf­fic and net­work team in col­lab­o­ra­tion with elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives and the com­mu­nity coun­cil, with the first sec­tion sched­uled for com­ple­tion by the end of the fi­nan­cial year.

In a let­ter to the MSP, MrYoung states:“This re­cent fa­tal­ity is the only re­ported in­jury col­li­sion on this stretch of road, although there is a col­li­sion and ca­su­alty his­tory north of the site, through the bends to­wards Pitcur.

“In re­cent years th­ese have been largely ad­dressed through the pro­vi­sion of anti-skid sur­fac­ing, crash bar­ri­ers and up­graded warn­ing signs.

“A Route Ac­tion Plan for the A923 is be­ing un­der­taken by the traf­fic and net­work team in con­sul­ta­tion with the lo­cal elected mem­bers and com­mu­nity coun­cils.

“The first sec­tion of the route, be­tween the An­gus Coun­cil bound­ary and Coupar An­gus is sched­uled for com­ple­tion be­fore the end of this fi­nan­cial year. Any ap­pro­pri­ate measures iden­ti­fied in the re­view can be in­cluded in the pro­gramme of works for 2018/19.”

Murdo Fraser said:“I am pleased to see that PKC is aware of dan­gers on the A923 and is con­sid­er­ing new measures in ad­di­tion to the safety works that have al­ready been in­stalled on the route. This road has wit­nessed its fair share of tragedies in re­cent years and it’s im­por­tant that measures are taken to en­sure fewer fam­i­lies are faced with the loss of loved ones. I look for­ward to watch­ing progress and will be happy to en­gage with the coun­cil to en­sure that all nec­es­sary steps are taken to in­crease road safety on the A923.”

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