Fight for A85 ac­tion

The Oban Times - - Districts -

OUR cam­paign for im­proved safety on the A85 be­tween Oban and Con­nel con­tin­ues to gather sup­port and is be­ing given new mo­men­tum this week.

We are re­leas­ing an ex­cel­lent video pro­duced by Neil Owen of Ar­gyll UAVs, an aerial film­ing com­pany, that ex­plains very clearly the haz­ards and short­com­ings of this stretch of road.

As Neil, who has a back­ground in law en­force­ment, says: ‘The sec­tion be­tween Dun­beg and Oban has been a par­tic­u­lar road safety is­sue since the 1960s and 1970s, with an all-too-reg­u­lar ac­ci­dent rate in­volv­ing fa­tal­i­ties and se­ri­ous in­juries.

‘A par­tic­u­larly haz­ardous lo­ca­tion is the curved sec­tion at the en­trance to Pen­ny­fuir ceme­tery.

‘A 60mph car from the first point of vis­i­bil­ity on the curve will af­ford a pedes­trian cross­ing the road ex­actly six sec­onds to com­plete the tra­verse.’

That brings the real need for changes to this road into stark re­lief.

Double white lines along this stretch, a re­duc­tion in the speed limit and a layby at the ceme­tery are des­per­ately needed. Please sign the pe­ti­tion in this week’s pa­per or do so on­line at www. oban­times.co.uk/stay­alive85.

If enough of us keep shout­ing loudly enough, we will shame the gov­ern­ment into ac­tion.

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