Fight for A85 action
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.