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The Oban Times - - Letters -

Our on­line pe­ti­tion call­ing for new safety mea­sures on the A85 be­tween Oban and Con­nel has al­ready seen very spir­ited sup­port, with many of the sig­na­to­ries com­ment­ing on why im­prove­ments are nec­es­sary. Isla Kerr posted: ‘ That is THE most dan­ger­ous road I have ever driven. My mother, fa­ther and brother have all been in ac­ci­dents (on sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions) on that road. Some­thing needs done.’

Tr­isha Heron lamented: ‘ To many peo­ple have lost there life on this road. Lots of fam­i­lies left bro­ken hearted with the way some mo­torists be­have.’

Ethel Ste­wart of­fered: ‘ Very dan­ger­ous road and too many peo­ple have died need­lessly.’ Pauline Clif­ford wrote: ‘I drive this road twice a day min­i­mum, usu­ally with my two young boys who are 4 and 2. I’m sign­ing this pe­ti­tion as I fear for my fam­ily’s safety reg­u­larly when on this road. Too many tragic and heart­break­ing ac­ci­dents, im­prove­ments to the safety of this road is vi­tal.’

Sally Davies, from Cork, said: ‘ You would see at least one of not two emer­gency call outs a day in the sum­mer to an ac­ci­dent on this road.’

John Wil­son ad­vised: ‘Poor road de­sign, and the ex­pan­sion of Dun­beg will make this – al­ready dan­ger­ous – road even more lethal.’ Va­lerie Mar­shall posted: ‘Driv­ers over­tak­ing dan­ger­ously and gen­er­ally peo­ple driv­ing too fast. Frus­tra­tions mount dur­ing tourist sea­son when lo­cals are held back by driv­ers go­ing

too slowly. Some chal­leng­ing bends catch vis­i­tors out. There are also sev­eral open­ings to prop­erty along the route mak­ing ac­cess on and off the road dan­ger­ous.’

Anne Robert­son re­called: ‘I have had a lot of scares on that road. Too many peo­ple don’t re­spect it, and vis­i­tors don’t know what to ex­pect.’

Fionna Eden- Bushell said: ‘I know this road well - to catch ferry to Mull, and, as Blue Badge Tourist Guide, aboard coaches to Oban. Please paint dou­ble white lines from Con­nel to Oban! ’

Al­lan Mckie added: ‘I strongly agree with this ini­tia­tive be­ing proac­tive can save lives be­ing re­ac­tive doesn’t.’­alive-on-the-a85-oban-to-con­nel-and-be­yond/w?source_lo­ca­tion=pe­ti­tion_show

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