Plans for 20mph limit rejected
PLANS to impose a 20mph limit through Oban town centre would bring no benefit, Oban community councillors have argued in a consultation.
Instead, they said, Transport Scotland should address the fatal accidents on rural roads in the region.
The Scottish Government’s national transport agency sent the consultation to Oban Community Council on October 26 asking for its views on ministers’ proposals to reduce the 30mph speed limit in part of Oban to 20mph.
Transport Scotland’s plans show a 30mph limit on the A85 from 30m north of Rowan Road along Dunollie Road and Corran Esplanade until the junction with Breadalbane Street, and then a proposed 20mph limit through the town centre until Argyll Square.
‘During the day we are incredibly lucky to get to that speed,’ remarked Councillor Kieron Green at Oban Community Council on October 31. ‘There is a question-mark over the necessity. At night there is not enough traffic for there to be a 20mph limit. I question the need for it.’
Councillor Elaine Robertson agreed: ‘You are lucky if you can get up to 20mph in Oban most of the time,’ she said. ‘It is going to cause all sorts of confusion. It is a 60mph limit until you reach the 30mph limit, and that is the dangerous part. Why are we not addressing the road coming in?’
Councillor Green suggested a 40mph limit on the north approach into Oban, similar to the 40mph limit going into Inveraray and Benderloch. But one member of the public argued the biggest problem lay at the Argyll Square end. ‘They all take you to the worst accident blackspot: Argyll Square,’ he said. ‘It’s all well having high safety, and then a melting point at the end of it.’
In response to the consultation, secretary Andrew Vennard wrote on behalf of Oban community councillors: ‘There was a general consensus this would not have any real benefits for the town centre.
‘There have been a number of accidents on rural roads such as the A82, A83, A85, and A816 on a regular basis, including several fatalities.’