Per­fect storm causes a grid­lock in Brod­ick

The Arran Banner - - News -

There were grow­ing calls this week for an ur­gent so­lu­tion to be found af­ter Brod­ick was left grid­locked last Satur­day by ferry traf­fic.

Can­cel­la­tions and fog de­lays to the fer­ries, which lasted most of the morn­ing, saw huge queues of cars, bikes, mo­torhomes and vans along the shore­front as far along as the Book and Card Cen­tre.

And it was not only ferry traf­fic caught up in the queues but cars and other ve­hi­cles try­ing to head for Lam­lash and fur­ther south. Traf­fic com­ing from the Co-op and other busi­nesses also faced lengthy de­lays as po­lice tried to help clear the road.

Much of the blame was lev­elled at the po­si­tion of the car ticket kiosk at the new ferry ter­mi­nal. This was ques­tioned as be­ing too near the main road even be­fore the ferry ter­mi­nal was built.

Since the ter­mi­nal opened there have been sev­eral in­stances of cars spilling on to the main road, but Satur­day’s in­ci­dent was the worse driv­ers, and those go­ing about their busi­ness in Brod­ick, had seen.

Many res­i­dents took to so­cial me­dia to vent their frus­tra­tion as well as try­ing to come up with a so­lu­tion. ‘They should swap the en­trance and the exit for the ferry, bad de­sign fault,’ was one sug­ges­tion.

An­other said: ‘Just won­der­ing if they could move the queue into Mar­ket Road when it’s busy, so cars won’t block the main road?’

Cale­do­nian MacBrayne blamed a ‘per­fect storm’ of cir­cum­stances for caus­ing the long traf­fic queues. A spokesman said: ‘It was a com­bi­na­tion of one sailing be­ing de­layed due to the fog so two sail­ings worth of traf­fic ar­rived at the same time and the fact that there were tem­po­rary traf­fic lights 25m south of the port en­trance which com­pounded the sit­u­a­tion.’

The Ban­ner con­tacted North Ayrshire Coun­cil but it said ferry traf­fic man­age­ment was the re­spon­si­bil­ity of CalMac in li­ai­son with Po­lice Scot­land.

Ar­ran po­lice sergeant Dougie Robert­son said: ‘Po­lice Scot­land re­ceived two calls re­gard­ing the con­ges­tion on the A841 at Brod­ick on Satur­day morn­ing and as such lo­cal po­lice at­tended to as­sist with traf­fic man­age­ment.

‘Sev­eral fac­tors com­bin­ing re­sulted in the tail­back, which was cleared as quickly as pos­si­ble.’

Cars were queued the length of Brod­ick shore­front.

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