Com­mu­nity coun­cil calls for speed cut at ac­ci­dent black spot

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS -

A re­port by trans­port chiefs has shown a dra­matic U-turn in driver be­hav­iour on the A90 be­tween Dundee and Stone­haven since the in­tro­duc­tion of av­er­age speed cam­eras.

The study has been wel­comed by Teal­ing Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, which has been cam­paign­ing for im­prove­ments on the route for some time – how­ever, the group in­sists it still wants to see a re­duc­tion in the speed limit.

The Trans­port Scot­land re­port shows 99 out of ev­ery 100 mo­torists are stick­ing within the speed limit since the 30 cam­eras were switched on along a 50-mile stretch of road last May. It also shows a re­duc­tion in the num­ber of ve­hi­cles ex­ceed­ing the speed limit by more than 10mph.

A spokesper­son for Teal­ing Com­mu­nity Coun­cil said: “The re­duc­tion in speed on the stretch through the vil­lage is no­tice­able and is an im­por­tant fac­tor in help­ing to re­duce the num­ber of col­li­sions on this ac­knowl­edged ac­ci­dent blackspot.

“How­ever, even with these im­prove­ments in driver be­hav­iour the chal­lenges of cross­ing this com­plex sys­tem of junc­tions be­tween the city bound­ary, through Teal­ing and up to Glamis re­mains, as wit­nessed by the fact that there was an­other ac­ci­dent at the Glamis junc­tion only re­cently.

“We there­fore re­peat our call for the speed limit on this stretch of the A90 to be re­duced to 50mph and also for the ad­di­tion of on and off slips at the junc­tions.”

The group said it was also push­ing for early pub­li­ca­tion of a junc­tions safety re­view car­ried out re­cently by Bear Scot­land for Trans­port Scot­land.

A spokesper­son for Bear Scot­land said: “We met with Teal­ing Com­mu­nity Coun­cil last sum­mer to lis­ten to their con­cerns.

“We’re cur­rently un­der­tak­ing a road safety study for the A90 at Teal­ing and we will meet with the com­mu­nity coun­cil to dis­cuss draft find­ings next month.

“Fol­low­ing this we will fi­nalise the re­port and is­sue it to Trans­port Scot­land in the spring to re­view.”

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