MSP backs Furnace residents over speed limit

Argyll & Bute MSP Michael Russell has given his backing to residents of the village of Furnace on the A83 in Argyll who have submitted a petition to the Transport Minister demanding action after a spate of accidents on a stretch of the road between the village and Allt Na Ceardaich.

The Furnace Community Council has been calling for a 40 mph limit on this stretch but despite their attempts and approaches made previously by the MSP Transport Scotland is continuing to insist that the limit must remain at 50 mph.

Speaking after passing the petition to Derek MacKay , the Minister for Transport and the Islands, Mr Russell said:

“This is a long running dispute and whilst it continues lives remain at risk.   There have been a number of accidents on the stretch in question and local people who use the road and the pavement as well as those who live adjacent to the accident blackspots are going in daily fear of their lives.   However despite that Transport  Scotland remain intransigent.

Now 122 people living in the village – a sizeable part  of the population – have signed a petition organised by the Community Council which also indicates that most people want a further reduction to 30 mph in the village itself.

I hope the Minister will realise that the strength of feeling on this matter reflects genuine concern about the possibility of injury and fatalities if the current limits  remain and will therefore act quickly to enforce a change of heart by Transport Scotland”

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