Comment posted A83 landslide closure updates by newsroom.
For Avril: we have drawn Scotland Transerv’s attention to the various problems with signage.
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- For jake: A suggestion – why don’t you and Crazy She-Bat get down to some script writing?
- For thorn in the flesh: Yes.
- For Bob Chicken: We published the material as supplementary contextual material to the A83 situation because we thought that was pertinent.
But we are aware that there were other ways of making it public.
We’ll happily also publish it as a separate news piece.
- From Bob Chicken:
On 28.November the Chair of Tarbert and Skipness CC ,Brian Mearns, sent the attached letter to Keith Brown, Minister for Transport and Housing, calling for an independent enquiry into the way in which Transport Scotland has treated the community served by the A83 trunk road in Tarbert.
The A83 in Tarbert is characterised by its steepness; narrowness (two trucks cannot pass unless one goes onto the sole , narrow pavement); lack of adequate pavements; sharp bend and complex junction at the bottom of the hill into the village opposite a Post Office and Co-op (the largest shop in the village). Increasingly Heavy HGV usage has led this stretch of road to become, in our opinion, a real hazard to the lives and limbs of pedestrians and road users alike.
Over the years, In order to try and reduce the risks to pedestrians and road users, we have asked Transport Scotland to consider the following solutions:-
· To restrict a short section of the road to a single wide lane controlled by traffic lights at either end (as at Minard) thus allowing a wide, safe footpath;
· A pedestrian crossing opposite the Co-op or Post Office;
· Flashing speed signs at the beginning of the narrow stretch of road;
Whilst acknowledging that this stretch of road falls below the standard expected of Scotland’s trunk road network the answer has always been a resounding “NO!”
In order to try and reduce the increasing volume of HGVs passing through the village we have worked with the Timber Transport Group and Argyll and Bute Council to provide a by pass for HGVS. More than 50,000 tonnes of timber passes through Tarbert every year. Last year the bypass was completed. However, we found that various mapping agencies (inc Google maps) now showed the bypass as the main route through Tarbert for ALL traffic. This has had obvious effects of the economy of the village as tourist traffic bypassed us. The solution to this was to be a sign pointing out that Tarbert was a Historic Fishing Port and showing the facilities here. Transport Scotland again said “NO!”. This time their reason was “Tarbert is not a tourist destination facility or attraction ……… it is a place.”
We are very grateful to our MSP Michael Russell, Regional MSPs and Kintyre and the Islands councillors for their support in this matter.
Transport Scotland is Scotland’s expert organisation on road safety yet they only seem able to say “NO!”. They never seem to offer solutions, they can only offer refusals. We have seen other communities, with less apparent case for traffic calming measures, get them installed. For this reason we believe that we have reached the end of the road with Transport Scotland and call upon the Minister to appoint an independent person or body to look into Transport Scotland’s response to our road safety and signage concerns.
Chair, Roads and Transport,
Tarbert and Skipness Community Council.
- From Avril Lockhart: I’ve just checked your website (6.45pm Friday) and was pleased to find out up to date info about the road closure and the fact it would be open tomorrow. 5 minutes previously I looked at Traffic Scotland, which is usually reliable, but there was no mention of the road being opened on Saturday during daylight hours. This is very disappointing as I would have trusted Traffic Scotland and would have altered my traffic plans, but a friend told me to look at For Argyll and luckily you had the correct information. Traffic Scotland needs to be updated regularly.
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‘Scottish Affaires Committee’ sounds quite exotic, NCH.
As a political realist, l am as uninterested in the ‘affaires’ of the Scottish Affairs Committee at Westminster as I would expect any serious nationalist to be.
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I have absolutely no doubt that, if it wants indy, the party can muster what it needs to take the win in May 2016; even though, on the hardest of hard evidence, in my view it would be – after the Blair 2003 Iraq gig – the stand out act of irresponsibilty in the direct experience of my lifetime.
And if the UK Government were so foolish as to deny a second referendum, the mandate of the 2016 Scottish election that had led to the request would support a UDI in short order.
The power is not at Westminster and I would have thought you would celebrate and use that rather than get drawn into silly parochial games in the House of Commons.
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I used professionally sourced information on a subject I know nothing about, which may actually prove to have been correct.
The eventual correctness would be a relief – but the enjoyment has been the learning – from your knowledge of the sport and of that course – of how you may be able literally to create eighteen different playing holes with six greens and eight tee blocks.
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This is very illuminating. Thank you.
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I have lived for some time with a quite wrong sense of what ‘valediction’ means.
The mistake was mine. Apologies for that. Lynda
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