New bar­ri­ers at Dun­beg are slammed

The Oban Times - - NEWS - By David McPhee dm­[email protected]­times.co.uk

An Oban driv­ing in­struc­tor has con­demned safety bar­ri­ers at Dun­beg, say­ing they ac­tu­ally de­crease road safety.

John Christie, of Christie School of Mo­tor­ing, said the new bar­ri­ers on the Dun­beg junc­tion make it harder to see other ve­hi­cles.

‘You can see the roof of the car, but you can’t see its head­lights,’ he said.

‘It’s okay if it’s a bus, but if it’s a small car, it makes it harder to see it. In­stead of im­prov­ing, it is de­creas­ing road safety.

‘I think it’s in a bad place. It has al­ways been a bad junc­tion to see com­ing out of and I feel this makes it harder, es­pe­cially when leaves start to grow on the trees.’

The road­side bar­ri­ers were com­pleted in the area last week as part of an on­go­ing road safety project along the A85 be­tween Oban and Con­nel be­ing car­ried out by BEAR Scot­land.

Phase two of the project saw two kilo­me­tres of safety bar­ri­ers in­stalled or up­graded along the stretch from the Esso Half­way House fill­ing sta­tion to the start of Con­nel.

Bar­ri­ers

The work fol­lows a pre­vi­ous bar­rier up­grade be­tween Oban and the fill­ing sta­tion ear­lier this year, which saw more than 1,800 me­tres of new bar­ri­ers in­stalled. Both phases cost a com­bined £590,000.

Speak­ing about the bar­ri­ers as a whole, John said: ‘I feel it is an un­nec­es­sary ex­pense – they spent a for­tune.

‘If some­one hit the bar­ri­ers, they are go­ing to bounce back on to the road.’ | How­ever, a spokesper­son for roads or­gan­i­sa­tion BEAR Scot­land said: ‘The new safety bar­ri­ers are en­gi­neered so that any im­pact from an er­rant ve­hi­cle is ab­sorbed and min­imised to bring it to a con­trolled stop.

‘Safety bar­ri­ers are not de­signed to bounce ve­hi­cles into the road and the cur­rent bar­rier works will see the new bar­ri­ers set back 1.5 me­tres from the edge of the road into the verge.

‘Road safety is a top pri­or­ity for both BEAR Scot­land and Trans­port Scot­land, and, while dis­cus­sions about changes of the speed lim­its re­main on­go­ing, we will con­tinue to work to find en­gi­neer­ing so­lu­tions to help fur­ther im­prove road safety on the A85 be­tween Oban and Con­nel.’

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