We can win road cam­paign

The Oban Times - - Districts -

THERE was an im­me­di­ate and grat­i­fy­ing re­sponse to our new cam­paign to im­prove safety on the A85 be­tween Oban and Con­nel.

Af­ter we launched the vi­tal cam­paign in last week’s Oban Times, In­spec­tor Mark Stephen called to thank us for our ini­tia­tive and many read­ers were in touch to voice sup­port for what we are do­ing.

As we re­ported last week, at least 11 peo­ple have died and nu­mer­ous oth­ers have been in­jured – many of them cat­a­stroph­i­cally – since the year 2000 on that stretch of road.

Fur­ther­more, buses often can­not stop at the gates of Pen­ny­fuir ceme­tery be­cause it is un­safe to drop- off or pick up pas­sen­gers try­ing to visit their loved ones.

Re­peated at­tempts to have the statu­tory bod­ies re­spon­si­ble for the road to im­ple­ment in­creased safety mea­sures have failed be­cause those who hold the purse-strings deem it not im­por­tant enough.

Mean­while, count­less mil­lions of pounds are spent on roads in the cen­tral belt. It is lit­tle short of scan­dalous.

Our de­mands are three-fold, sim­ple and in­ex­pen­sive: re­duce the speed limit on the road, paint dou­ble white lines to pre­vent over­tak­ing and cre­ate a lay-by at the ceme­tery.

With re­gard to the last de­mand, the space is al­ready there – it re­quires only the will to re­move the kerbs and grass to al­low buses to pull in.

With the tourist sea­son im­mi­nent, the A85 will soon be busier than ever and, if his­tory teaches us any­thing, there will be more ac­ci­dents and more deaths. That is un­ac­cept­able.

I think this is a cam­paign we can win. Even more than that, it is a cause we sim­ply can­not af­ford to lose.

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