Probe pledge on speed fears

Helen Forbes hands the Pathhead petition to Tommy Deans, of BEAR Scotland, watched by Councillor Katie Moffat, Jenny Grahame, of Tynewater Community Council, petition supporter Bob Bertram and Gordon Boyd, of BEAR Scotland.

Helen Forbes hands the Pathhead petition to Tommy Deans, of BEAR Scotland, watched by Councillor Katie Moffat, Jenny Grahame, of Tynewater Community Council, petition supporter Bob Bertram and Gordon Boyd, of BEAR Scotland.

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A ROADS maintenance agency is to investigate a Midlothian village’s traffic speed problem.

BEAR Scotland is responding to the concerns of Pathhead residents, who fear that drivers are ignoring the 30mph limit in Main Street.

The opening of the Dalkeith bypass has seen a significant increase in traffic volume, with pedestrians particularly worried by trucks thundering along the A68 trunk road.

Flashing lights and road markings at either end of the village are having little effect on traffic speeds and local people using the solitary pelican crossing feel vulnerable.

Last week, a 617-signature petition was handed to BEAR Scotland, which maintains the south-east Scotland trunk road system on behalf of Transport Scotland.

The agency’s Gordon Boyd said: “We have listened to the residents in relation to the traffic speed in Pathhead and have agreed to go away and consider this in consultation with Transport Scotland.

“Lorries seem to be the main concern and they feel that a speed camera would help in reducing speed and encouraging drivers to adhere to the speed limit.”

Mr Boyd confirmed that the possible installation of a speed camera would involve consultation with the Lothian and Borders Safety Camera Partnership.

Helen Forbes, who helped organise the petition with Cathy Macandrew, hopes that BEAR Scotland’s examination of the issue will lead to more effective speed-reduction measures.

She said: “They are going to have a look at the situation and possibly do another survey, just to see if things have changed since the last survey was done.

“What is there, in terms of speed reduction, is not enough at the moment.

“There has been huge difference in the amount of traffic and we don’t want BEAR Scotland to be investigating after a serious accident.

“But the flashing 30mph lights aren’t working, so they’ll have to get that sorted first.”

The petitioners, who have the backing of local councillor Katie Moffat, anticipate a progress meeting with BEAR Scotland next month.