Safety fears on the road to nowhere

Andrew Coventry, Alison Izzat, Helen Blackburn & Ann Montague at the scene of one of the most recent accidents on the A6094..

Andrew Coventry, Alison Izzat, Helen Blackburn & Ann Montague at the scene of one of the most recent accidents on the A6094..

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People in Rosewell are angry at the lack of action taken to improve the safety of a local road which has seen three fatalities in the past year.

The notorious stretch of the A6094 between Rosewell and Leadburn has long been an issue in Midlothian, however, in the past year there has been a rise in accidents there, particularly around the Drummond Moor Landfill Site, where a couple and their dog were killed on their motorcycle in September. This was followed by two more tragic accidents in October at Howgate and Leaburn which saw four more people lose their lives.

There was a big turnout at last week’s Rosewell Community Council to discuss the issue, with local road policing inspector Richard Latto coming under attack for a perceived lack of police action.

Mr Latto told the meeting that the A6094 “probably didn’t fit the criteria for safety camera deployment”. However, he admitted “with the number of fatalities we have had I think there is certainly the case for additional activity.” He also said that camera safety deployment was a matter for the council.

Community council chairman John Sime was angry at the lack of information from Mr Latto. He said: “We want answers tonight. Not more questions. The last fatality was 16-17 weeks ago, surely it can’t take that long to sit down and discuss it with the council.

“We have been talking about that road for ten years.”

Mr Latto promised more police road traffic officers on the A6094 between Rosewell and Leadburn, admitting: “It’s a challenging road to drive on, nobody is disputing that”.

He also said he would feedback to the local group after a further meeting with Midlothian Council.

The community council has noted four accidents already this year on this road, including a vehicle overturning after hitting a tree just north of the Drummond Moor Landfill site on the A6094.