Road cross­ing dis­crim­i­na­tion

Campbeltown Courier - - YOUR VIEWS -

A gov­ern­ment agency sug­gested the rea­son there is not a safe place for a blind per­son or wheel­chair user to cross the main road in Camp­bel­town is that there has not been an ac­ci­dent. An of­fi­cial from Trans­port Scot­land, which made that state­ment, should try cross­ing a busy road wear­ing a blind­fold or in a wheel­chair. In Camp­bel­town they would search in vain for a traf­fic light con­trolled or ze­bra cross­ing. There is one on Main Street but to get there from Dal­in­to­ber or Mil­l­knowe would in­volve cross­ing the main road. There are none on the whole length of the A83 from Loch Lomon­side at Tar­bet to Camp­bel­town. It is hard enough for an able-bod­ied per­son to cross at the des­ig­nated points in Camp­bel­town. The sit­u­a­tion seems to dis­crim­i­nate against dis­abled peo­ple when the gov­ern­ment makes much of its in­clu­siv­ity. The re­sult is that peo­ple in wheelchairs have to have a carer with them when­ever they are likely to need to cross a road. Surely in­stalling a few cross­ings would be safer, cheaper and im­prove town life for all.

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