Plans for 20mph limit re­jected

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

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.’

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