average speed cameras

Average speed cameras announced for A82/A85

New average speed cameras are to be installed along stretches of the A82 and A85 between Tyndrum and Lix Toll.

A £250,000 scheme will aim to improve road safety for all users on this busy stretch of highway.

Improving safety by cutting speed

The cameras will replace the existing mobile camera enforcement that is currently in place in the area and will support higher levels of driver compliance with local speed limits.

It is hoped the number of people killed or seriously injured along the 15.9-mile route will be dramatically cut as a result of this action.

In total, nine slight injury collisions, 11 serious injury collisions and one fatal collision have been recorded in the area during the past three years.

Scotland’s cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity Michael Matheson said: “We already know from our experience with average speed cameras successfully deployed elsewhere on our road network that they encourage improved levels of driver behaviour.”

He added similar schemes have resulted in a 60 per cent reduction in accidents and collisions.

“This investment will deliver a range of benefits for road users,” Mr Matheson concluded.

Ellie Baker, brand manager at FCS Scotland, adds: “Excessive speed is a factor in countless road traffic accidents every year, so the introduction of new average speed cameras could play an integral part in improving road safety for all travellers in the area.”

Scotland Graduated Licence

MP wants Scotland to trial graduated driving licence

An MP in the north-east of Scotland wants to see the country trial a graduated driving licence that would see restrictions placed on new drivers.

Moray MP Douglas Ross told the Press and Journal he is keen to see road safety rates improve and believes this would be a key way of achieving this goal.

Limits placed on new drivers

A graduated driving licence could see restrictions placed on the amount of passengers a person can carry for a certain period after they have passed their test, or on the times of day they can get behind the wheel.

Other limitations may include lower alcohol thresholds, smaller engine sizes and slower speed limits for up to six months.

According to statistics published by the government, up to a quarter of newly-qualified drivers are involved in some kind of accident within two years of passing their driving test. Around 400 of these will suffer serious or fatal injuries.

Mr Ross said he is concerned to see the Highlands and Grampian part of Scotland has among the worst accident rates in the UK, with ten per cent of road collisions there involving a 17 to 19-year-old driver.

“We could reduce casualties, including those killed or seriously injured, if a form of graduated licence was introduced,” he insisted.

The UK government has already been exploring the idea of a graduated driving licence with the aim of reducing road casualties, having instructed the Department for Transport to look into the possibility last year.

Currently, the only special treatment for new drivers is harsher penalties for a certain number of points on their licence and it is not a legal requirement to display ‘P’ plates.

Ellie Baker, brand manager at FCS Scotland, adds: “Clipping the wings of new drivers is unlikely to be a popular government policy, but current accident rates cannot continue unabated. We would back any idea that could succeed in lowering casualty rates.”

M74 Raith

Delays expected on M74 at Raith in July

Anyone travelling in the vicinity of Raith in the coming weeks has been advised of potentially significant delays in the area.

Transport Scotland engineers will be working at sites along the M74 on approach to Junction 5 Raith for approximately ten days from July 16th.

 

Essential repairs to Raith Bridge

A contraflow will be in operation on both directions of the M74 to allow for essential bridge maintenance works.

As a result, drivers are advised to plan additional time into their journeys and to avoid the area if possible.

Graham Drummond, operations manager for the M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements Project, said: “Scottish Roads Partnership is asking motorists to plan their journey in advance and if possible to use an alternative route or mode of transport while these essential maintenance works are completed.”

He added the scheme will require specific periods of closure when concrete repair and waterproofing are carried out and allowed time to dry.

For this reason, motorists should not become frustrated if they do not see workers at the site of some prolonged closures.

These road works are among the many planned to improve Scottish roads and motorways.

Ellie Baker, brand manager at FCS Scotland, adds: “The repairs and maintenance to the M74 Raith Bridge over the River Clyde are essential works and motorists are asked to bear with engineers throughout the coming weeks.”

Draft proposals published for south-west Scotland transport improvements

Draft proposals published for south-west Scotland transport improvements

A set of new draft proposals have been published highlighting the potential for several major upgrades to transport links in south-west Scotland.

In total, 23 options have been released for further consideration as part of the South West Scotland Transport Study.

Plans for major investment in the region

Scotland’s cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity Michael Matheson said: “We understand the importance of connectivity for the south-west of Scotland and extensive stakeholder engagement and data gathering has taken place during this study to help us develop a good understanding of the issues and opportunities for strategic transport links across all modes.”

Major works now being assessed include upgrades to the A75 and A77 to improve connectivity in the local area, as well as upgrades to the A76 and to transport hubs in towns like Dumfries, Stranraer and Lockerbie.

Mr Matheson added more than 3,000 people have already contributed their ideas to the planned improvements, with Transport Scotland offering regular updates on proposals for all interested parties.

Once the options have been reviewed, all “emerging recommendations” will be considered as part of Scotland’s nationwide Strategic Transport Projects Review.

Ellie Baker, brand manager at FCS Scotland, adds: “Delivering enhanced transport connectivity will provide significant benefits to communities and businesses across south-west Scotland. It’s great to see the ball keeps rolling on transport network upgrades for this important region.”

Future engineers supported by Transport Scotland

Future engineers supported by Transport Scotland

The next generation of UK engineers could be inspired this summer by the engineering masterpieces that are Scotland’s Forth Bridges.

Transport Scotland is hosting a unique and free summer event for young people keen to learn more about these amazing structures.

 

Inspiration for the future

Entitled ‘Fantastic Forth’, a six-week summer programme will take place in South Queensferry that will explore the history and engineering brilliance of the Forth Bridges.

It aims to showcase to budding engineers the design that went into making sure these impressive structures stand the test of time, as well as what specifically was involved in their construction.

Scotland’s cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity Michael Matheson said: “As a parent myself, I know it can be a challenge keeping children and young people occupied during the summer months.

“So I’m delighted that we are able to offer these free activities throughout the school holidays this summer.”

He added that the area is “a great place to visit to learn more about the three centuries of engineering sat side by side”.

Fantastic Forth will include a range of activities and challenges suitable for all ages, and will run from July 1st until August 9th.

Ellie Baker, brand manager at FCS Scotland, adds: “Educating more young people about the amazing engineering that went into the Forth Bridges will be a great way to inspire the next generation of engineers.”