Speed limit plea re­jected

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - INTIMATIONS -

Safety cam­paign­ers have failed to get a re­duced speed limit on a “dan­ger­ous” road.

How­ever the coun­cil will look into putting up signs in a bid to slow down driv­ers on the B725 Kel­ton Bank to Glen­caple route.

John and Rona Car­son started a pe­ti­tion ear­lier this year in a bid to re­duce the limit from 60mph to 40mph.

They say the bend out­side their home is haz­ardous and they also raised con­cerns about flood­ing and over­grown hedges.

The pe­ti­tion at­tracted 173 sig­na­tures but it failed to sway the author­ity on the ques­tion of the speed limit.

At Wed­nes­day’s Niths­dale area com­mit­tee, the team leader for strat­egy and road safety, Tony Top­ping, said: “A tem­po­rary traf­fic counter was in place in Au­gust which found a mean speed of ve­hi­cles in both di­rec­tions was 38mph. Eighty five per cent of traf­fic is trav­el­ling at 45mph or less.

“We are deal­ing with the land owner to tackle flood­ing and to cut hedges to make ex­ist­ing signs more vis­i­ble.”

Rona and John Car­son He also added a study showed “lim­ited in­stances” of ac­ci­dents and of­fi­cers were com­ply­ing with na­tional guide­lines on speed lim­its.

Mr Car­son said: “It’s a very dan­ger­ous bend and peo­ple are fright­ened of it. The coun­cil can’t change the way peo­ple feel about the road.

“I’m quite en­cour­aged by the fact nearly all the coun­cil­lors recog­nised it was quite a dan­ger­ous road to drive on. They’re putting signs up but there are al­ready signs and on the road but they’re cov­ered most of the time.”


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