22 November 2017
MSP David Stewart has met officials from Scotland’s Strategic Road Safety Team to talk about the community’s campaign for a new pedestrian crossing on Glenurquhart Road, Inverness.
Although the meeting was positive, and other measures were suggested for improving road safety, officials reiterated that they did not see a controlled crossing, such as a pelican crossing, as an option.
However, the team, which delivers Transport Scotland’s safety objectives, did suggest some other measures which Mr Stewart cautiously welcomed.
“I’m going back to the constituents who contacted me about this and I will continue to support them in their push for a controlled crossing on this road,” said Mr Stewart., who represents Labour in the Highlands and Islands.
“I also listened carefully to other suggestions made by the safety team, but nothing can take away from the fact that the trunk road is extremely busy and can be difficult to cross for those with disabilities, parents with young children and the elderly.
“I appreciate Transport Scotland saying there have not been many accidents on this stretch of the A82, but my point is all about accident prevention. Why wait until there is a bad accident to make the area safer for all?”
The Safety Team, who met Mr Stewart in the Scottish Parliament, explained that plans could include building out pavements at key points near schools to make ‘uncontrolled crossings’, those without signals, to ensure pedestrians and the school crossing patroller were more visible beyond parked cars.
They might also include enhancing the crossing at the lights at the Kenneth Street/Tomnahurich Street junction and enhancing central islands in the road.
All recommendations will be discussed with Highland Council as part of a survey of the area which is being undertaken.
Last month the Chief Executive of Transport Scotland dismissed the idea of a crossing in Glenurquhart Road.
Mr Stewart wrote to Transport Minister, Humza Yousaf, asking for him to look at the situation after Transport Scotland rejected the idea of a crossing earlier this year when the MSP asked for its views.
However, Transport Scotland’s CEO, Roy Brannen, then replied that a crossing is not needed.
He told Mr Stewart: “While we appreciate that your constituents have concerns, a review of the injury accident data from 1 January 2014 to 30 May 2017 shows there has been one slight personal injury which occurred from on 7 July 2016. Therefore, we do not believe that there is a road safety issue which could be addressed by the installation of a controlled pedestrian crossing.”
Mr Stewart previously met with B&B owner John Patience, of Montague Row, and Ballifeary mother Helen Smith to discuss the issue. Both constituents believe the road is unsafe for pedestrians and other residents have also backed their views.