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June 17, 2012



The one thing that really makes the A9 a dangerous road is the almost total absence of enforcement the rules of the road. There are only two fixed speed cameras, police patrols are rare, and there are no average speed cameras. If the Scottish government is really serious about improving safety, average speed cameras along the entire length would be the first step.

As for railways before the 1960's there was an extensive network of railways across the highland. The lost of these railways was a major setback to the economic development of the highlands. This combined with a steady lost of bus services is driving ever increasing levels of car dependency in an economically fragile area. This coupled with an ageing population is just storing up greater problems for the future.

Since the start of the first hydro schemes, Scotland has prided its self on the generation of renewable electricity. Trains and trams can be very effectively run on electricity. The electric car on the other hand, despite having been around for over a century has never taken off, and probably never will do. Building big shiny new roads is not the best solution for the Highlands, putting back the railways would be far more sensible.


I truly believe in the interim the Government need to be more responsive and invest in the current road to curb accident blackspots. It is not ONLY dualling the A9 that can reduce accidents but other safety measures should be considered and implemented.

1. A local community campaigned for a safe junction at Dunkeld and Birnam railway station. In 2010 a solution was agreed by Transport Scotland , namely a Vehicle Activated Sign (VAS) but no money was available to implement this solution. Transport Scotland announced it is to be done within this year but as yet there is no date set. If the government see A9 safety as key why are we still waiting?

2. Several communities along the A9 from Stirling to Inverness have campaigned for better junctions. If you drive the road in the dark it is sometimes quite difficult to see the junction and maybe some improved solar cats eyes or lighting might help, the usual response to this is we do not light junctions but this has be done in other areas eg A90.

3. Many of the existing signs are small and unlit when the road changes from Dual to Single Carriage Way . The introduction of Solar powered illuminated signage may help to help ensure drivers keep on the correct side of the road.

4. Several accident have been on the Dualled stretch of the A9 between Perth and Dunblane, these junction need to be improved to full graded separated junction as the communities using these junction have significantly grown since the road was dualled.

I believe all these solutions are relatively low cost compared to the dualing option and if Scottish Government were serious about safety they would be implementing them now whilst developing their plans for dualling.

I do agress there is need for investment in the Rail infrastructure and more frieght should be transferred to the rail network - maybe someone can work with the whisky industry to move their freight onto the rail newtowk.

Andrew Fraser

A9? Scotland's most dangerous road? What rubbish! There's no longer any excuse for peddling nonsense like this. For years, relative risk on GB roads - and those of many other European countries - have been published by the Road Safety Foundation:


And surely we're all now aware that speed cameras and their ilk are the worst possible way of solving our road problems. Haven't we all read Helen Wells? Time we stopped pretending there's no problem with it.

The biggest danger to road safety in this country is the slide back into what Oliver Carsten termed "blame and train" - but that's where we're going.

Nan - God bless her - has the right idea ... but government clearly doesn't want to know. Why? let's put Riddoch on the case ....

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