Pupils’ re­turn is real test of re-worked road cross­ing

The Oban Times - - NEWS - MONICA GIB­SON mgib­son@oban­times.co.uk

A ROAD cross­ing near Banavie Pri­mary School is bet­ter but is still ‘not per­fect’, ac­cord­ing to a coun­cil­lor who has cam­paigned for im­prove­ments.

BEAR Scot­land has been car­ry­ing out work on be­half of Trans­port Scot­land on the A830 road at the Banavie Pri­mary School junc­tion.

Af­ter years of cam­paign­ing by res­i­dents, school staff and the par­ent coun­cil, it was agreed ear­lier this year a sec­tion of the road should be nar­rowed to limit risk to pedes­tri­ans.

Louise Pescod of Banavie Par­ent Coun­cil told the Loch

aber Times the real test for the cross­ing will come now that chil­dren have re­turned to school af­ter the Easter break. Mrs Pescod added: ‘We are go­ing to need to wait for feed­back. It is dif­fi­cult when you are look­ing at a plan to de­ter­mine whether some­thing is go­ing to work or not so now that I have been up and looked there are a few things I think could be changed and I will put these to Trans­port Scot­land. Trans­port Scot­land (TS) is go­ing to be mon­i­tor­ing the cross­ing for a year and has said to go back with our com­ments. It has been help­ful and we are re­lieved some­thing has been done be­cause while TS said pedes­trian cross­ings are re­quired in Cor­pach and at the swing bridge fur­ther down the road, it has also said there is no money to do so.’

Ben Thomp­son, coun­cil­lor for Caol and Mal­laig, said the cross­ing looks safer. He added: ‘Par­ents would def­i­nitely have pre­ferred to be able to stop the traf­fic them­selves by way of a pel­i­can cross­ing but BEAR Scot­land deemed it was not nec­es­sary which was dis­ap­point­ing.

‘BEAR has said the idea was to slow traf­fic down. Nar­row­ing the road makes it look as though the road is safer but what we now need to see is whether or not speeds have ac­tu­ally slowed. Vis­i­bil­ity still isn’t great.

‘If you stand at the north side of the cross­ing, you still can’t see very well as there are bushes and dif­fer­ent things ob­scur­ing your way. This out­come is not per­fect but is def­i­nitely bet­ter.’

A spokesper­son for BEAR Scot­land said: ‘Trunk road safety is a pri­or­ity and all routes are con­tin­u­ously mon­i­tored by our teams with the safety of the en­tire trunk road net­work re­viewed an­nu­ally with Trans­port Scot­land to es­tab­lish where fur­ther im­prove­ments are re­quired.

‘We have been also asked by Trans­port Scot­land to carry out fea­si­bil­ity stud­ies for a po­ten­tial cross­ings at Banavie and Cor­pach and the re­sults will be sub­mit­ted to Trans­port Scot­land for con­sid­er­a­tion once com­pleted.

‘As­sess­ments for pedes­trian cross­ings are car­ried out based on a series of fac­tors in­clud­ing the num­ber of people who cross the road at a con­cen­trated point as well as the vol­ume of traf­fic on the route.’

Pho­to­graph: Abright­side Pho­tog­ra­phy.

Nor­man Clark and Louise Pescod at the new cross­ing in Banavie.

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