Stay Alive on A85

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A CON­CERNED sup­porter of The Oban Times’ cam­paign for im­proved safety mea­sures on the road be­tween Oban and Con­nel recorded more than 20 near misses in just four hours.

THIS week more than 20 near misses on the A85 be­tween Oban and Con­nel have been re­ported by a mem­ber of the pub­lic to The Oban Times.

Barry MacNeil, 58, set out to record what was hap­pen­ing af­ter wit­ness­ing a death on the trunk road more than three years ago. Mr MacNeil wanted to sup­port the cam­paign for mea­sures to im­prove safety.

He took to a quiet spot on the hill­side by the road with a pen and pa­per to record what he saw hap­pen­ing.

From a look­out point near Pen­ny­fuir, he said he watched near misses and po­ten­tial prob­lems on the road over a four-hour pe­riod, with 16 of them to do with cars driv­ing too fast or over­tak­ing at Pen­ny­fuir.

He saw two peo­ple strug­gle to cross the road to visit the grave­yard. One per­son us­ing walk­ing sticks was nearly knocked over as cars were driv­ing so quickly.

Mr MacLean said he saw ‘nu­mer­ous’ peo­ple us­ing mo­bile phones while driv­ing.

He said: ‘I am shocked by the be­hav­iour of driv­ers. And af­ter see­ing some­one killed in an ac­ci­dent three years ago I thought I was fairly un­shock­able.

‘I have no idea who any of the driv­ers were. I would like to be­lieve they were tourists, but I would have to con­fess that I saw one car over­take three times on the same stretch of road so I as­sume the driver was a lo­cal.

‘Points that need to be in­ves­ti­gated for im­prove­ment are on the sharp turn about 20 me­tres east of the gates of Pen­ny­fuir.

‘The verges on the side of the road don’t ap­pear to be strong enough to take any weight at all, and there should be no over­tak­ing.

‘That, of course, gives us a dilemma about peo­ple cy­cling. There is no way that cy­clists are al­ways safe on the road. I saw two cars al­most col­lide be­cause one car was des­per­ate to get out of the way of the cy­clist.’

Oban Times chief re­porter Louise Glen, who has been work­ing on the cam­paign, said: ‘The re­sponse from read­ers has been over­whelm­ing with hun­dreds sign­ing the on­line and pa­per ver­sions of pe­ti­tion.

‘ We would also like it if more peo­ple, like Mr MacNeil, send ober­va­tions to the news­pa­per about driver be­hav­iour on the road.

‘By the end of June we hope to take the pe­ti­tion to the gov­ern­ment min­is­ter with re­spon­si­bil­ity for roads.

‘In the mean­time, we need peo­ple to get others to sign the pe­ti­tion – on­line and in the pa­per to show the strength of sup­port for im­prove­ments on the road.’

Tell us your sto­ries, of the A85 to editor@oban­times.co.uk or phone 01631 568000.

Sign the pe­ti­tion be­low or at www. oban­times. co. uk/ stay­alive85

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