Oban’s problems with traffic congestion, especially at this time with thousands of visitors to the area, caused considerable comment.
Angela Marshall complained: ‘If there maybe was less traffic lights to be stuck at traffic may flow better, other towns I’ve visited use pedestrian crossings rather tthan umpteen traffic light and many of them so close together why!!!!! The high school junction is a joke 45mins it took me yesterday at 3pm to get from hospital to lidl then traffic flowed fine it’s so frustrating.’
Jimmy McCallum suggested: ‘An Oban by-pass would be good, but in reality most folk are either in Oban trying to get out, or outside Oban, trying to get in. The amount of traffic heading ‘through,’ north, or south, is probably much less, I’d have thought?
I entered Oban from the north, on Tuesday about 4pm and it was a nightmare. Traffic management is definitely going to hurt the town badly, if it isn’t already.’ Gary Farlow proposed: ‘Build a main road on the out skirts of Oban so not everyone has to pass through the town to get to work at the other side, that is the only thing u can do, problem solved.’
Gordon Cooper recalled: ‘It was ever thus. Years ago, there were two traffic wardens who kept the traffic flowing and directed it to parking areas near what is now Tesco. However they were so abused and one physically assaulted that they left.’ Davie Walker posted: ‘High School junction is a joke and the biggest cause of all the chaos. A large roundabout is needed, meaning the compulsory purchase of the halls and the b&b allowing 2 lane access from all directions onto the roundabout. Simple as!’
Mark Stuart said: ‘Using Public Transport helps, but could do with Lots more input into Public transport in terms of finances, a by-pass would help, with rail, trams, ferries or even air!’
Barclayish Adamski wrote simply: ‘ Walk.’ Andy Kerr advised: ‘Enjoy the view, ride a bike or open a business selling something in car windows (or all 3).’
Colin Cooper prompted: ‘Peak time congestión charge. Free bus transport. Hire pedal bikes.’ Karen MacPherson advised: ‘Bypass and a park and ride facility.’ Marie Archer agreed: ‘Bypass road is long overdue the only solution to this!!’