Sign our petition for new action to improve safety on killer A85
WITH three near-misses reported to The Oban Times in the past week alone, the need for improved driving and safety on the A85 has never been more pronounced.
That is why The Oban Times this week launches its petition – Stay Alive on the A85 – and asks readers and visitors to the area to sign up.
The petition is asking transport minister Humza Yousaf MSP to consider measures to make the road safer, with the campaign calling for improvements to the road through a series of legislative, infrastructure and network improvements.
The campaign has gained the support of the Oban Community Council transport sub-group, with its chairman David Gallant saying: ‘ This is a campaign the whole community should get behind.’
Former councillor Neil MacKay, who was attending the transport meeting held last Thursday, said: ‘ What springs to mind is the speed of vehicles coming onto the Bealach an Righ.
‘I live near the road and we will not walk on it because the path is narrow and the traffic is far too fast coming into town.’
Mr Mackay’s words were echoed by reader Stuart Twort, who witnessed an accident on the road that still haunts him.
Mr Twort, who lives on a house at the side of the A85, said: ‘ I was travelling home from Oban and wanted to pull into my property.
‘I was aware that there was a car following me. I am always cautious because of where my house is.
‘ The cars started climbing the hill past the short- cut to Dunollie.
‘ But I put my brakes on and I put my indicators on and, just at the last minute, the other driver started overtaking.
‘ What resulted was an accident that closed the road for four hours. The woman was charged and pleaded guilty to driving carelessly.
‘ It is clear to anyone who uses the road that there should be a slowing down range as you drive into town. This accident could have been avoided.
‘In most places – and even in Taynuilt and Connel – there is a 30mph zone preceded by a 40mph zone to slow traffic down as it is coming into town.
‘I have no idea why we don’t have the same thing as we come into Oban.’
The Oban Times petition – Stay Alive on the A85 – is on Change.org and can be found by following this link: https:// www. change. org/ p/ humza- yousaf-stay- alive- on- the- a85oban-to-connel-and- beyond.
Within hours of starting the petition dozens of people had offered support, adding stories to the campaign.
To speak to a reporter about your experiences on the A85, phone Louise Glen, Sandy Neil or David McPhee on 01631 568000 or contact them by email on email@example.com.
Next week: how business is affected by road closures on the A85.