BY LISA FALCONER
The proposed speed limit reduction on the A87 between Cluanie and Kintail has been dropped.
Transport Scotland announced today (Friday) that they have “reconsidered” changing the speed limit to 50mph on a 12-mile stretch of road between Cluanie Inn and Kintail Lodge Hotel.
The proposed reduction on the A87 between Invergarry and the Glen Garry viewpoint has also been dropped.
The decision follows a successful campaign by the Free Press and a public petition signed by over 1,000 people, with many local drivers calling on Transport Scotland to repair the numerous potholes on the road rather than reducing the speed limit.
Making the announcement, transport minister Derek Mackay said: “We are always keen to hear what people think about our proposals and we take the time to consider their responses. We balance these concerns with the need to ensure that casualty numbers continue to fall across the country.
“Some recent submissions on specific speed limit review recommendations highlighted that the public had strong feelings about the limits being reduced in certain areas.
“The trunk road network plays an important part in the daily lives of communities up and down the country and it is encouraging that people feel that they can engage with us on these important issues. We will continue to listen to their opinions and take appropriate action if required.”
Shona MacLennan, chair of the Dornie and District community council, created the petition and said she was “delighted” with the news that the proposed speed reduction had been dropped. She said: “I am delighted that Transport Scotland have responded to our concerns and would like to thank everyone who signed the petition. Their responses demonstrate the strength of feeling against the speed reduction.”
Also welcoming the news was Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch MSP Dave Thompson, who met with Mr Mackay to discuss the proposals last month.
He said: “I am delighted that the transport minister has decided not to go ahead with the proposed plans to reduce the speed limit west of the Cluanie Inn or between Invergarry and the viewpoint.
“I would like to thank the minister for listening to the concerns of my constituents and for coming to what I consider to be the right decision and one I am sure will be widely supported by A87 road users.”