Con­ges­tion adds to traf­fic prob­lems in Oban

The Oban Times - - News -

ONE of the ar­gu­ments over safety on the A85 is the wait to get into town.

Some peo­ple say the back­log might be al­le­vi­ated if there were more places for peo­ple to park.

Now that Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil has opened its multi-mil­lion-pound project for berthing boats, is it time to fo­cus on im­prov­ing the length of hold-ups on the A85?

Oban Times reader Ian Fletcher raised the mat­ter on so­cial me­dia, say­ing: ‘Now that we’ve got some­where to park our yachts, maybe we could get a multi-storey car park for our cars.’

Coun­cil­lor Roddy McCuish has long ad­vo­cated cash from the park­ing rev­enue should go to Kil­mory, but any ex­cess should be put into the town to im­prove in­fras­truc­ture.

In the past he has wanted to see a multi-storey car park to re­move some of the ve­hi­cles from the streets.

The coun­cil has re­leased a park­ing con­sul­ta­tion, due to fin­ish on Au­gust 18, that will see the in­tro­duc­tion of the first 30 min­utes free in bays on Ge­orge Street (A85 trunk), Cor­ran Es­planade (A85 trunk), Wil­liam Street, Queens Park Place and Ar­gyll Square, af­ter which stan­dard charges ap­ply.

There will be an in­tro­duc­tion of on-street park­ing charges on Gal­lanach Road (sail­ing club to Brandy Rock) and Gana­van Road (from Glen­righ to the war memo­rial) with charges ap­ply­ing 9am to 6pm Mon­day to Satur­day and 1pm to 6pm on a Sun­day.

Park­ing charges will be in­tro­duced to all ex­ist­ing on-street pay and dis­play bays on Sun­days between the hours of 1pm and 6pm. Camper­vans will not be al­lowed to park in the town cen­tre.

Sign up to our pe­ti­tion at change.org Stay Alive on the A85 and tell us what you think of the park­ing charges and whether it will im­prove traf­fic move­ments through the town.

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