Furnace fights for lower speed limits
PEOPLE are ‘ too frightened’ to use the pavement beside the main road through Furnace as traffic thunders past at high speed.
This view was expressed more than once at a public meeting recently in Furnace Village Hall, where people want to extend the 40mph speed limit.
The A83 trunk road passes through the Loch Fyne-side village, and locals say the speed and volume of traffic is causing genuine problems.
Spurred on by current plans by Transport Scotland to introduce a 50mph limit south of the village to Allt Na Ceardaich, Furnace Community Council has taken up the fight to have a 40mph speed limit imposed instead, right through to Minard, three and a half miles to the south. At the meeting attended by around 40 people and chaired by community council convener Mike Masters, it was agreed that a new petition, asking to have the speed limit reduced to 40mph, would be raised and passed around residents in both Furnace and Minard.
Speaking from the floor, residents explained the prob- lems caused by heavy traffic travelling at speed.
‘I have a job getting out my drive at times,’ said one man living beside the road.
This was supported by Reverend Roddy MacLeod, a Minard resident, who said: ‘I have enough trouble getting out my drive in a 40mph, so it must be particularly difficult in a 60mph area.’