Road crossing discrimination

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A government agency suggested the reason there is not a safe place for a blind person or wheelchair user to cross the main road in Campbeltown is that there has not been an accident.

An official from Transport Scotland, which made that statement, should try crossing a busy road wearing a blindfold or in a wheelchair.

In Campbeltown they would search in vain for a traffic light controlled or zebra crossing.

There is one on Main Street but to get there from Dalintober or Millknowe would involve crossing the main road.

There are none on the whole length of the A83 from Loch Lomonside at Tarbet to Campbeltown.

It is hard enough for an able bodied person to cross at the designated points in Campbeltown.

The situation seems to discriminate against disabled people when the government makes much of its inclusivity.

The result is that people in wheelchairs have to have a carer with them whenever they are likely to need to cross a road.

Surely installing a few crossings would be safer, cheaper and improve town life for all.