Speed re­stric­tion slammed

The Oban Times - - The Oban Times & West Highland Times -

AN A82 cam­paign group has con­demned Trans­port Scot­land’s de­ci­sion to re­duce the speed limit be­tween Fort Wil­liam and North Bal­lachul­ish, writes El­lie Forbes.

The A82 Part­ner­ship ex­pressed its dis­ap­point­ment at the de­ci­sion to down­grade the speed limit from 60mph to 50mph, say­ing that Trans­port Scot­land should in­stead be in­vest­ing the re­quired funds needed to up­grade the stretch of road.

The group is call­ing for ac­tion fol­low­ing the ap­pear­ance of long black poles cov­ered in black plas­tic bags on the side of the road.

Ste­wart Ma­clean of the A82 part­ner­ship said: ‘Th­ese poles her­ald the im­mi­nent im­ple­men­ta­tion of the re­sults of Trans­port Scot­land’s 2012 Speed Limit Re­view (re­vised in Fe­bru­ary 2015) and a re­duc­tion in the speed limit from 60mph to 50mph be­tween North Bal­lachul­ish and Fort Wil­liam.

‘The A82 Part­ner­ship con­tinue to make rep­re­sen­ta­tions to have this road up­graded and view this speed limit re­duc­tion as ac­cep­tance by Trans­port Scot­land that the road does not com­ply with their cri­te­ria for a na­tional speed limit of 60mph.’

Mr Ma­clean also said that driv­ers would have to change their speed eight times when trav­el­ling from Glen­coe to Fort Wil­liam, drop­ping be­tween 60mph and 30mph.

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