Support continues to grow for a petition protesting plans for a 50mph speed limit on a 12-mile stretch of the A87 in Glenshiel, with over 500 signatures now collected.
The proposal would see a 50mph limit introduced from Claunie Inn to Kintail Lodge Hotel, prompting concerns from regular road users who say the road needs repairing — not a lower speed limit.
Shona MacLennan, chair of the Dornie and District Community Council, started a petition on change.org against the move. By Wednesday of this week, 501 signatures had been collected. In addition, a petition has been placed in Dornie Stores.
“People are quite frustrated about this,” Shona said. “The community council asked for the speed limit to be dropped between Ardelve and the Eilean Donan Castle turn-off, but that was refused. The same with parents who were calling for a reduction at Auchtertyre where children have to walk by the road, and at the school road-end. They and other requests on safety terms have been turned down by Transport Scotland.
“The A86 between Spean and Newtonmore was reviewed at the same time as this A87 section. The A86 has an average speed and accident rate similar to this stretach of the A87 but no limit has been proposed for it, and it’s a worse road — there is no consistency.”
She added: “Various councillors have signed the petition and I have been in contact with several politicians but I would encourage people to write to and contact their MSPs and make them aware of the strength of feeling. Lots of people have commented that this reduction won’t make the road safer. Transport Scotland should address these issues.”
Ross, Skye and Lochaber MSP Dave Thompson will meet with Derek Mackay, the Minister for Transport, to discuss the proposals next Tuesday.
The closing date for comments on the proposals is Thursday 26th February. Write to the director of trunk roads and bus operations, c/o Mark Paterson, Buchanan House, 58 Port Dundas Road, Glasgow, G4 0HF, stating your reason for objection and using reference A87/NW/MP. Alternatively, email transport minister Derek Mackay — Derek.Mackay.firstname.lastname@example.org
Among the comments made on the online petition are:
Robert Matheson “There is no call for the speed limit to be dropped, the road is not an accident black spot. If the road is to be made safer fix the road of the potholes.”
Craig Cummings “Being a member of the Lochalsh Community Council we have asked for restrictions in certain areas and it has been refused. These changes are impractical.”
Kevin McCann “We must be allowed to overtake caravans and tourists who stop without warning at any photo opportunity causing many accidents and other dangerous situations. Lowering the limit in my experience will cause more frustration to local drivers and increase journey times.”
Johnny Campbell “I’m signing this, I’m not for breaking speed limits but I travel to Skye from my house which, keeping to speed limits currently takes almost three hours! And if you knock 10mph of the speed limit it will ultimately cause frustration and needless overtaking manoeuvres for people wanting to get there on time…I honestly think you are playing with road safety and peoples lives… Someone behind a desk who doesn’t experience this kind of issues needs to be realistic in his or her views over what is more important, causing frustration and possible accidents or keeping things running smoothly with little disruption! Sort this out, absolutely disgusting.”
Elizabeth MacIntyre “This will not make the roads safer, and will cause a great deal of frustration. Completely unnecessary.”
Jaysson Palmer “This is the wrong answer. The stretch affected is perfectly safe. Money would be better spent on surfacing and reducing the limit where it needs it.”
Kenny McGlennon “It’s not speed that kills, it’s bad driving.”