Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, David Stewart, is pleased to have been informed that BEAR Scotland is monitoring road safety at the pedestrian crossing close to the Aldi store at the Telford Street roundabout in Inverness.
Mr Stewart, who is a veteran road safety campaigner, raised the matter with Transport Scotland last year after constituents contacted him about their fears for pedestrian safety at the crossing. The nearby residents were concerned that the traffic lights are sited so close to the exit of the roundabout that drivers are often so focussed on clearing the roundabout that they inadvertently go through the lights when they are on red.
Transport Scotland consulted on their Longman Road to Tomnahurich Swing Bridge Road Safety Scheme last year and Mr Stewart has been advised that the proposals for the Longman Road section, which includes the pedestrian crossing at Aldi, attracted a wider range of comments and they have asked their Operating Company, BEAR Scotland, to review these further.
David Stewart said “Nearby residents have very real concerns that someone is going to be hurt at this crossing and advised me of a number of near misses over the years.
“I asked Transport Scotland if they would consider moving the lights a bit further along the bridge to ensure pedestrians and cyclists could cross safely.
Mr Stewart continued “In recent days I have been advised by Transport Scotland that they have asked BEAR Scotland to review this further in light of the feedback that was received for this section of the route.
“They advised that BEAR Scotland is undertaking a detailed assessment of pedestrian and cyclist provision along this part of the A82 to determine the best option for the route and junctions, including the Telford Street roundabout, and that this will influence any decision whether to relocate the crossing or incorporate a new feature into any potential junction enhancement.
David Stewart concluded “I am pleased that this assessment is being undertaken at the roundabout and I will be keeping a close eye to see what the recommendations for this area are.”