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Speed survey results heighten call for speed cameras on the A82 at Drumnadrochit on Loch Ness-side


By Louise Glen

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Concerns were raised by Glen Urquhart Community Council and veteran roads campaigner David Stewart in regard to speeding on the A82.
Concerns were raised by Glen Urquhart Community Council and veteran roads campaigner David Stewart in regard to speeding on the A82.

Traffic speed survey results have “strengthened the case” for speed cameras on the A82 at Drumnadrochit.

A study, that took place in November, revealed two out three drivers were speeding between Borlum Bridge and Lewiston crossroads.

While one in three motorists were speeding along the straight at the Esso filling station.

Veteran road safety campaigner Labour MSP David Stewart – who asked for the surveys to be carried out – has written to Scotland’s Transport Minister Michael Matheson underlining the need for speed cameras.

Mr Stewart said: “The results showed 68 per cent of drivers are speeding between Borlum Bridge and Lewiston crossroads, and 33 per cent are speeding past the Esso garage.

"This only strengthens community’s call for traffic calming on the stretch of other A82. And the picture probably worsens when traffic is returned to pre-lockdown levels.”

David Fraser, Glen Urquhart Community Council chairman said the speed survey result would come as no surprise to people living in Drumnadrochit.

He said: “This proves two out of three drivers are speeding at a road junction which has poor visibility and confirms what we already know. Despite the 30mph limit being extended from Balmacaan Road to Borlum Bridge, traffic is still travelling too fast through the village.”

He added: “We look forward to hearing Transport Scotland’s proposals to reinforce the speed limit message in Lewiston and Drumnadrochit and we would like to thank David Stewart MSP for his support on this project, and more generally for his excellent road safety campaigning.”

Drumnadrochit resident John Slater said fast action was needed to slow traffic.

He said: “Just at the weekend there, I watched a 4x4 truck go through the crossroads driving at a speed I estimated to be somewhere between 60mph and 70mph. It was unbelievable.”

Mr Stewart said he was also pressing Transport Scotland for results of an earlier survey carried out last year at the A82 stretch by the Clansman Hotel.

Read more about the Make it Safe campaign to highlight issues on the A82.


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