Gaelic road signs should be scrapped

The Oban Times - - Letters -

John and Jackie Pad­di­son, White Craig, Drum­more. Sir, On a re­cent trip up to the West Coast, we came upon a van on the A82, south of Cri­an­larich, which had lost a front wheel, in a rather large pot­hole in the road, and had come to a halt nose down in the verge.

The driver was un­hurt and was wait­ing be­side the road for the re­cov­ery com­pany. Later in the af­ter­noon, on the A85, we hit a sim­i­lar sized pot­hole which dis­lodged pipes un­der our camper­van, spray­ing a tank full of diesel all over the road, and bring­ing us to a halt near Ben­der­loch.

We also had a wait by the road­side for the re­cov­ery man and, un­able to reach our car­a­van site that night, had to slowly make our way back to North Ledaig Car­a­van Park.

Dur­ing our week’s hol­i­day, we did a bit of driv­ing around be­tween Cri­an­larich, Oban, Fort Wil­liam and so on, and could not help notic­ing the dual lan­guage road signs. We could not help notic­ing the signs be­cause they were not very help­ful and made nav­i­ga­tion more dif­fi­cult when you are strangers to the area.

We as­sume that Gaelic-speaking lo­cals do not even look at the signs as they al­ready know their way about the county. Th­ese new signs must have cost an aw­ful lot of money – money that could have been bet­ter spent fill­ing in pot­holes, flat­ten­ing bumps, straight­en­ing out the ex­ces­sive num­ber of bends and erect­ing crash bar­ri­ers at dan­ger spots.

As we men­tioned, our camper­van ground to a halt out­side the vil­lage of Ben­der­loch on the A828. A res­i­dent of the vil­lage was walk­ing by and asked if we were okay, had a re­cov­ery com­pany and if we had a sig­nal for our mo­bile phones. We thanked him for his con­cern and he went on his way.

Fif­teen min­utes later he re­turned in his car with warn­ing tri­an­gles, which he put out on the road. He then made sure that we had food and water. Park­ing his car off the road, he said he would stay un­til the re­cov­ery van ar­rived as he didn’t like to think of us be­ing stuck there on our own.

Un­for­tu­nately, we did not get his name but, through your news­pa­per, we would like to send him our thanks. In a world where most peo­ple are only too glad to pass by on the other side, it was won­der­ful to meet a true good Sa­mar­i­tan.

Our thanks go to him, the re­cov­ery man from Stag Garage, the staff at North Ledaig Car­a­van Park and the staff at the Bun­ree Car­a­van Club Site.

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