Ac­ci­dent high­lights need for cam­paign

The Oban Times - - News -

THE OBAN TIMES con­tin­ues its Stay Alive on the A85 cam­paign this week by fo­cus­ing on the Dun­beg junc­tion.

A mul­ti­ple- car ac­ci­dent at the al­ready high­lighted ‘dan­ger­ous’ Dun­beg junc­tion on the A85 on Fri­day July 7 saw one man taken to hos­pi­tal while three cars were badly dam­aged.

Emer­gency ser­vices were called to the ac­ci­dent shortly af­ter 3pm on Fri­day.

This lat­est ac­ci­dent high­lights con­cerns voiced by res­i­dents and work­ers at the Scot­tish As­so­ci­a­tion for Marine Science over a num­ber of years.

Con­trac­tor John MacMil­lian, who wit­nessed the ac­ci­dent, said: ‘It is re­ally too bad that no- one wants to stick their neck out and say the junc­tion on that road is a death trap.

‘Since Dun­beg was built there have been no ma­jor im­prove­ments to the main exit onto the A85. There are at least an ex­tra 500 more peo­ple and cars us­ing the road to Dun­beg ev­ery day.

‘Frankly, the road is not fit for pur­pose and needs to be re­viewed. I have heard the gov­ern­ment will only take a view on do­ing some­thing if there is a cer­tain num­ber of fa­tal ac­ci­dents. That is ap­palling.

‘We need a round­about and we need peo­ple in Oban to sign up to the Stay Alive on the A85 cam­paign to make sure it is sup­ported by both the lo­cal coun­cil and the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment, and that changes are made be­fore any­one else loses their life.’ The Oban Times has set up 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.

reader Jaroslav Fi­tuch Oban Times One man was taken to hos­pi­tal fol­low­ing the ac­ci­dent at the Dun­beg junc­tion last Fri­day. Pho­to­graph:

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