Stay Alive on A85
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.