‘Lives at risk on A75 round­abouts’

In­struc­tors’ fears over worn marks

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - NEWS - Stu­art McFar­lane

A pair of driv­ing in­struc­tors claim the poor state of round­abouts at Dum­fries is putting mo­torists at risk.

Colin Hob­bins and Paul Sharkey, from the Dum­fries and Dis­trict Driv­ing In­struc­tors As­so­ci­a­tion, say a lack of mark­ings on the Dalscone and Cuckoo Bridge round­abouts is lead­ing to near-misses ev­ery day and con­fus­ing driv­ers.

Mr Sharkey said: “From a safety per­spec­tive, it’s ridicu­lous that the main route has two ma­jor round­abouts with frayed mark­ings which are lead­ing peo­ple to carry out dan­ger­ous ma­noeu­vres.

“We’re hav­ing near-misses ev­ery day be­cause peo­ple are over­tak­ing on the left-hand side or go­ing into the wrong lanes and cut­ting across.”

Mr Hob­bins added: “We’re nearly get­ting side-swiped ev­ery time. Or­di­nary driv­ers are con­fused by the lack of ad­e­quate mark­ings and it just be­comes a free-for-all.

“It’s just a mat­ter of time be­fore we have a fa­tal ac­ci­dent.”

The in­struc­tors, who have 37 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence, say the prob­lems are caus­ing prob­lems dur­ing tests.

And they have been try­ing to re­solve the sit­u­a­tion with Scot­land Transerv since last Septem­ber.

Mr Sharkey added: “Anec­do­tally, we know of one crash when some­one ran into a car which was on a test.

“Peo­ple are putting their lives in their own hands be­cause we have in­ex­pe­ri­enced driv­ers and putting them on the mo­tor­way is a dod­dle com­pared to driv­ing around Dum­fries at a busy time.

“We’re heard of an ex­am­iner tak­ing a can­di­date round the round­about three times be­fore they were able to exit safely.

“We have pupils who are end­ing up in tears be­cause of some of the things that have hap­pened through no fault of their own.”

A Scot­land Transerv spokesman con­firmed plans were un­der way to re­store the mark­ings.

He added: “We are de­sign­ing schemes to re­place mark­ings on the A75 at Dalscone and Cuckoo Bridge and aim to de­liver this in the next few months.

“How­ever, this is re­liant on dry con­di­tions for lin­ing works.”

Con­cerned Paul Sharkey, left, and Colin Hob­bins at the round­about at Cuckoo Bridge

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