Study done into A85 safety

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

A ROAD safety study is cur­rently be­ing car­ried out on the A85 be­tween Oban and Con­nel by Trans­port Scot­land.

A spokesper­son for Trans­port Scot­land said the com­mu­nity will be no­ti­fied of its com­ple­tion in the next few months.

The Oban Times has been cam­paign­ing since the be­gin­ning of the year for im­prove­ments to be made to this sec­tion of road.

We started the cam­paign due to the num­ber of tragic and heart­break­ing ac­ci­dents that have taken place on that stretch of road over decades. At least 11 peo­ple have died in the past 17 years.

So far our pe­ti­tion has been signed by more than 200 peo­ple ask­ing for three main im­prove­ments to be made.

The Stay Alive on the A85 pe­ti­tion is call­ing for a re­duc­tion in the speed limit, an ex­ten­sion of the dou­ble white lines to pre­vent over­tak­ing be­tween Con­nel and Oban, and a lay-by to be cre­ated at Pen­ny­fuir Ceme­tery.

A spokesman for Trans­port Scot­land said: ‘We wel­comed the op­por­tu­nity to en­gage with both Oban Com­mu­nity Coun­cil in June this year and sub­se­quently the op­por­tu­nity to at­tend the ques­tion-and-an­swer ses­sion called by Dun­beg Com­mu­nity Coun­cil along­side Argyll and Bute Coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

‘Dur­ing this en­gage­ment we lis­tened to the com­mu­nity con­cerns and pro­vided an overview of our road safety study on the A85 be­tween Con­nel and Oban which will in­clude is­sues raised by the com­mu­nity.

‘Next steps will be de­pen­dent on the out­come of the study and we will up­date the lo­cal com­mu­nity in the com­ing months.

‘In ad­di­tion to this study, elec­tronic pedes­trian wig wag signs at Pen­ny­fuir Ceme­tery have re­cently been up­graded. We also car­ried out veg­e­ta­tion clear­ance work on the A85 ear­lier this year, in­clud­ing through the Dun­beg area, im­prov­ing vis­i­bil­ity for A85 users.’

Sign the pe­ti­tion at www. oban­­alive85

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