Stay Alive on A85

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A SE­RI­OUS ac­ci­dent caused ma­jor traf­fic dis­rup­tion on Tues­day this week, putting The

Oban Times cam­paign into even sharper re­lief.

THIS week an­other se­ri­ous ac­ci­dent closed the A85 at Ach­na­cloich on Tues­day morn­ing, with an­other in­ci­dent, on the Con­nel Bridge, caus­ing tail­back and de­lays.

This is why our cam­paign to im­prove road safety on the A85 is so im­por­tant, and so timely.

This week The Oban Times has writ­ten to Trans­port Min­is­ter Humza Yousaf, copying in the MSPs for the area, com­mu­nity coun­cils and Argyll and Bute Coun­cil mem­bers. The let­ter reads: Dear Mr Yousaf, You will no doubt be aware of the many is­sues with the A85 and con­cerns that lo­cal peo­ple in the Oban, Lorn and the Isles area have been rais­ing over a num­ber of years.

Many peo­ple have lost their lives on the road, with oth­ers in­jured and fam­i­lies lives changed for­ever.

The com­mu­nity is aware of sev­eral is­sues with the road, in­clud­ing ad­verse cam­bers and ar­eas where there is no vis­i­bil­ity, and many be­lieve that road im­prove­ments are long over­due.

The Oban Times has gath­ered a wide range of ev­i­dence from the com­mu­nity who use the road on a daily ba­sis.

The con­sen­sus is clear – a few sim­ple mea­sures could save lives on the road. These in­clude: im­prov­ing vis­i­bil­ity, de­creas­ing speeds on the road, slow­ing traf­fic com­ing into Oban, in­stalling a round­about at Dun­beg, and cre­at­ing a safe drop- off zone for buses and pas­sen­gers at Pen­ny­fuir ceme­tery.

Of course, these mea­sures can­not be im­ple­mented with­out a thought to­wards driver be­hav­iour. But with good driver ed­u­ca­tion, the com­mu­nity believes that to­gether we can solve the in­tol­er­a­bly high num­ber of ac­ci­dents and deaths on the A85 be­tween Oban and Con­nel.

While we re­alise the thresh­old of ac­ci­dents may not have been reached in or­der for you to in­vest heav­ily in im­prov­ing this road, we want you to know that, for our read­ers and our­selves, it is a daily risk for those of us who have to drive on this road.

The trunk route is fairly nar­row, in some places the sur­face has worn away and the edges of the road are non- ex­is­tent in ar­eas – al­though some work has been com­pleted on this in the past few weeks.

Our cam­paign ‘Stay Alive on the A85’ al­ready has hun­dreds of sup­port­ers.

We would now like to in­vite you to come to Oban to al­low us to dis­cuss our con­cerns with you and to high­light the ac­ci­dent hot spots on the road.

We look for­ward to hear­ing from you and ar­rang­ing a suit­able time for your visit. If you would like an ini­tial meet­ing at Holy­rood, we are happy to meet with you in Ed­in­burgh. Your sin­cerely, Su­san Win­dram, Group Ed­i­tor, On be­half of The Oban Times and the cam­paign­ing com­mu­nity for im­prove­ments on the A85.

Please sign our pe­ti­tion at the bot­tom of this page and help us high­light the dan­gers on the A85 and se­cure road im­prove­ments.

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