Oban centre is highlighted in Stay Alive campaign
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.