Group calls for A68 plans re-think

Bob Bertram, Cllr Lisa Beattie, Colin Grahame & Helen Forbes,  at the junction of Crichton Road and the Main Street (A68) Pathhead.

Bob Bertram, Cllr Lisa Beattie, Colin Grahame & Helen Forbes, at the junction of Crichton Road and the Main Street (A68) Pathhead.

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The A68 protest group set-up in Pathhead over concerns about road safety, has urged a re-think on the village’s street improvement project.

Transport Scotland has proposed a scheme to design and deliver a street improvement project on the A68, spanning Pathhead, to be implemented next year. This follows years of concern in the village about the safety of the road.

As part of this process, Amey, the group contracted by Transport Scotland to maintain and improve the motorways and trunk roads in South East Scotland, held three consultation events in Pathhead to provide information on potential designs for this work and to get local feedback.

Bob Bertram of the Pathhead Road Safety Action Group (PRSAG), attended two of those events. He said: “The PRSAG are of the view that the proposals for extra parking places on Main Street are with the intention of stopping the so called ‘footway parking’ which has been in place for many years without any concerns in relation to safety.

“In addition, we believe that if implemented, the planned design for the extra parking places will not only create a safety hazard, but will not necessarily provide the alternative residents parking envisaged by the proposals. The group are also aware that the proposed relocation of the existing controlled pedestrian crossing is not receiving universal support in the village.

“We will watch the progress of these initial proposals and have urged Amey/Transport Scotland to think again, listening very carefully to our local community. We have also taken the opportunity to raise again the possibility of a 20mph speed restriction on the A68 through Pathhead.

“Further consultation meetings are promised and we would encourage all residents to attend, ask questions and make their views known.”