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Success of A9 speed cameras should be spread across whole network

Published 28 October 2015 by Colin Howden

Responding to today’s report from the A9 Safety Group that there have been no deaths on the A9 over the past three months, Colin Howden, director of Transform Scotland, said:

“It’s unsurprising to hear that getting road users to obey the speed limit has cut road deaths. The lives saved by speed cameras on the A77 should have been evidence enough of the benefits of this low-cost means of making the roads safer.

“Given the success of the A9 average speed cameras in saving lives, the Scottish Government should now be actively pursuing speed cameras on the rest of Scotland’s trunk road network.”

David Spaven, Scottish Representative of the Rail Freight Group, said:

“This is great news, and must blow a major hole in the case for full dualling of the A9. The priority should now be to fund upgrading of the parallel Highland Main Line railway, which is still single-track over two thirds of its length. With more and longer crossing loops, or ideally double track throughout, freight trains such as those serving Tesco could be increased in length from 20 to 28 containers – a massive increase in productivity.”