Campbeltown A83 crossing points ‘not a priority’

The sites used for the BEAR survey last summer.

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By Mark Davey

In a written reply to a councillor a Transport Scotland (TS) officer has indicated that despite Campbeltown’s A83 crossing points not being a priority there will be a questionnaire type survey.

TS North West area manager Norman J Hutchison wrote to Councillor Donald Kelly in advance of last week’s Campbeltown Community Council meeting.

Mr Hutchison wrote: ‘As I hope you will appreciate, I am still catching up on matters relating to the A83.

‘I travelled to Campbeltown with George Fiddes last week in order that he could pass on his detailed knowledge of the entire route.

‘George had made me aware of the crossing points matter and that a pedestrian survey had been undertaken by BEAR.

‘I have had advice from BEAR on that report and note the following:

‘The pedestrian survey was undertaken following concerns raised by the community regarding the existing crossing points along A83 Kinloch Road, Campbeltown.

‘The character of the road is fairly open and wide – a necessary requirement to facilitate the abnormal vehicle movements.

‘This, combined with the perceived lack of forward visibility at certain locations could be a factor in making pedestrians feeling vulnerable.

‘Subject to maintaining the ability to accommodate abnormal vehicle movements, consideration could be given to providing footway build outs at the existing crossing points and/or the provision of pedestrian refuge islands.

‘Introduction of these features would help pedestrians cross in that they reduce the width and time to cross the carriageway.

‘In addition, narrower lane widths would also serve as a visual indicator to drivers to reduce speed.

‘It may be that a combination of controlled (signalised) and un-controlled crossings could provide the most appropriate solution.

‘The pedestrian survey indicates that demand to cross the A83 is fairly high along the length of the section surveyed.

‘The results also show there is no single desire line or pedestrian generator, apart from the community centre, which would determine the most appropriate location for any controlled crossing.

‘The existing crossing arrangement, which pre-dates trunking of this section of the A83, has developed over time and the existing crossing points are placed in the most appropriate locations to cater for demand.

‘The site does not have an accident history and is not therefore listed as a current road safety priority.

‘Given the concerns raised, TS is happy to undertake a consultation exercise with interested groups.

‘This would enable it to understand the concerns and any problems experienced, including those with a disability or less able to cross the road.

‘We would appreciate input on how this consultation exercise could best be undertaken, which we would intend to carry out in the next financial year.

‘Any issues and potential solutions identified would be considered and the most appropriate solution taken forward in line with the available budget.’

The sites used for the BEAR survey last summer. NO_c08crossings01_pedestrian_survey