Traf­fic lights are blamed for rush-hour con­ges­tion

The Oban Times - - News -

CON­GESTED traf­fic on Soroba Road could be made worse by a sec­ond set of traf­fic lights, Oban Com­mu­nity Coun­cil heard on Mon­day.

In most rush hours, Oban’s main ac­cess road is grid­locked with traf­fic go­ing to or from work and school. Com­mu­nity coun­cil­lor Kate Win­ton said: ‘I was quicker in my wheel­chair than a fire en­gine.’

Argyll and Bute Coun­cil­lor Roddy McCuish blamed the traf­fic lights out­side Oban high school. ‘The traf­fic moved most freely when the lights weren’t work­ing,’ he said. ‘My per­sonal opin­ion is to put a round­about there, but you’re talk­ing £10 mil­lion to £12 mil­lion, which the coun­cil doesn’t have.’

Oban North and Lorn Coun­cil­lor Kieron Green told the meet­ing: ‘There’s an­other set of traf­fic lights go­ing in at McCall Ter­race, at the en­trance to the new high school.’

Marri Mal­loy, Oban Com­mu­nity Coun­cil’s re- elected chair­per­son, com­mented: ‘That’ll back ev­ery­thing up.’ Coun­cil­lor Neil Mac­In­tyre urged more driv­ers to share cars when com­mut­ing into town.

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