Campbeltown’s unique road crossings

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School, Zebra, Pelican, Puffin, Toucan and Pegasus are the official pedestrian road crossings in the UK.

In its infinite wisdom Argyll and Bute council decided to provide unique road markings for Campbeltown.

These peculiar brown road markings with pavement introductions to alert the disabled are more like skittle crossings, but you will be knocked down with more than a ball.

In keeping with the highway code I suggest these should be renamed Dodo crossings because they should be extinct.

I applaud Councillor Kelly’s tenacity in following this up for years with the powers that be and wish him luck.

I am also aware that this issue has also been raised by the Community Council, Kintyre Crime Prevention Panel and Police Scotland, but to no avail.

Community Empowerment – You’re having a laugh! Consultation, pull the other one! Health and Safety, only when someone is dead or injured!

It seems the wishes of local people are only considered if they neatly dovetail into the preconceived decisions made under austerity measures and anything outside this is dismissed.

Since the A 83 became a trunk road it is now the responsibility of Transport Scotland.

This is convenient for the bureaucrats because Transport Scotland can say it was the Council’s responsibility before they took over and I quote: ‘The markings to which you refer were installed prior to the A 83 being trunked and we have asked Argyll and Bute Council to explain why.’

Despite two written follow up queries to Transport Scotland for the Council’s response I have heard nothing.

Transport Scotland have money to spend on new crash barriers strangely positioned along the A 83, but despite years of community campaigning and the repeated promise of traffic management reviews the safety of pedestrians in Campbeltown is ignored.

Andrew Hemmings, Sound of Kintyre,
Machrihanish, Campbeltown.