Road crossing meeting studies choices

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Everyone is in agreement that a pedestrian crossing is needed on the A83 in the centre of Campbeltown – the difficulty is going to be in deciding the right spot.

Which is why a meeting, arranged by councillor Donald Kelly, took place on Tuesday, inviting fellow councillor John Armour to meet Jim McGregor, engineer from BEAR Scotland. Police sergeant Archie McGuire, Andy Hemmings of Kintyre Crime Prevention Panel and Alan Baker of Campbeltown Community Council were also invited to the meeting so the road engineer could be given the fullest amount of information during his visit, as well as seeing the lie of the land.

Mr McGregor also went back later that night to see for himself how the wind tower deliveries use the road. He agreed that the meeting on Tuesday was a useful one and his report will go back to BEAR Scotland; public consultation will follow in due course. It was suggested that the community council holds a special meeting for the public to attend once the options have been decided.

The options for the crossing have a lot of pros and cons.

Between the junction at the Royal Hotel, back towards the bus stances and as far as Aqualibrium a case can be argued as to exactly where pedestrians would benefit the most by having a crossing on this stretch of the trunk road known as Kinloch Road. Another crossing is also needed near to the town’s Cooperative store.

A crossing is even more essential  now that  young toddlers will be using space at Aqualibrium in the future, with the relocation of nursery classes to the building, which also houses the town’s library, gym, swimming pool and changing rooms for the football pitches alongside.

But plenty of people, be they locals, tourists, and pier and pontoon users would all benefit from having the crossing by the Royal Hotel. People catching buses would also be helped by having the crossing near the bus stances.

‘Refuge’ style crossings in the centre of the road would be impossible – the road is the route to the pier for the giant loads of wind turbine tower components making their way from CS Wind at Machrihanish to the pier for onward shipment.

Then there is the question of regulations for crossings on trunk roads; these govern how close a crossing can be to a junction and how much on-road parking would be lost to ‘zig-zag’ markings for a crossing if that style was chosen.

Fitting a suitable style of crossing into this combination of needs and demands is going to be a difficult decision to make.

Councillor Kelly said after the meeting: ‘It is not an easy decision, there are a lot of complex things to consider, but I believe the meeting was a positive one and hopefully in the fullness of time we will have new crossings.’

 

Tuesday’s on-site meeting saw the interested parties walk from Royal Hotel round to the Cooperative store and study different points along the route. From left: Donald Kelly, Andy Hemmings, Sgt Archie McGuire, John Armour, Alan Baker and Jim McGregor.NO_31jsroad01