Oban cen­tre is high­lighted in Stay Alive cam­paign

The Oban Times - - News -

THE Oban Times con­tin­ues its Stay Alive on the A85 cam­paign this week by fo­cus­ing on the be­gin­ning of the road.

The A85 starts at Ar­gyll Square in Oban, and runs through the town cen­tre. How­ever, pot­holes, traf­fic jams and park­ing prob­lems have all been as­so­ci­ated with this ur­ban stretch of the route.

When The Oban Times asked a taxi driver what he thought of the road, he replied: ‘The one cov­ered in pot­holes?’

‘I’ve just spent £400 on a new sus­pen­sion. That is what we are fac­ing. It is not a road.’

When asked what could be done to im­prove the road, he said: ‘ What they need to do is build a multi-storey car park at the Cor­ran Halls and a mas­sive round­about at the high school.’

Ian Duff, an­other taxi driver, thinks the is­sues with the A85 start with the traf­fic con­ges­tion on Soroba Road.

‘The plan­ning depart­ment in Lochgilp­head is the prob­lem,’ he said. ‘ Why are they al­low­ing 60 new houses to be built be­hind the hos­pi­tal?

‘That is ap­prox­i­mately 90 more cars on the road and there has been no new in­fra­struc­ture put in place. That’s go­ing to add more traf­fic. There is only one road you can go down and there has been no new in­fra­struc­ture.

‘Last week the traf­fic was still backed up at 10am. We have to take into ac­count the small busi­nesses that are suf­fer­ing by be­ing stuck in the traf­fic. No-one seems pre­pared to do any­thing about it.’

The Oban Times has cre­ated a pe­ti­tion with the aim of mak­ing the road safer for driv­ers and pas­sen­gers, in par­tic­u­lar be­tween Oban and Con­nel.

To sup­port the cam­paign, cut out and sign the pe­ti­tion slip, be­low, and hand it into The

Oban Times of­fice, or al­ter­na­tively sign our on­line pe­ti­tion by search­ing ‘Stay Alive on the A85’ at change.org. Peo­ple can also col­lect cam­paign car stick­ers from The Oban Times of­fice, Oban Phoenix Cin­ema, the Bid4Oban of­fice in Steven­son Street, the Half­way House petrol sta­tion, Tesco, Lidl and Dun­beg Vil­lage Stores.

The A85 starts at Ar­gyll Square in Oban.

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