Average speed cameras demanded on notorious A82 beside Loch Lomond
Average speed cameras have been demanded on the A82 beside Loch Lomond.
The trunk road is notorious as the scene of serious accidents, claiming its most recent life last month.
And this map produced from the latest figures illustrates the problem, with three lives lost last year.
Data obtained via Freedom of Information from Transport Scotland this month shows road accidents involving injury or fatality on all the roads in Helensburgh and Lomond between 2014 and 2018.
The map does not include last month’s fatal crash, which has led Cllr Iain S Paterson to call for average speed cameras to be installed.
Transport Scotland announced last month that it was spending £250,000 on installing the cameras on the stretch between Tyndrum and Lix Toll, and Cllr Paterson says the project should be extended to include Loch Lomondside.
“Once again, we have had another fatality on the A82, yet another life lost on this section of road, with all the distress and anguish to loved ones that accompanies it,” he said.
“While I do not wish to seem insensitive, we must also recognise the economic impact and disruption caused to others.
“I have been advocating and lobbying for average speed cameras to be installed for over a year now, and while there has been an increased presence of mobile speed camera vehicles in recent weeks, I really do need to ask how many more fatalities and injuries have to occur before anything permanent is done.”
He said the cameras should be installed on the entire stretch of the A82 beside Loch Lomond, adding that fatalities on the A9 had fallen by 40% since they were fitted on the A9 in 2014, and by 46% on the A77.
The latest Transport Scotland data shows there were a total of 247 accidents across Helensburgh and Lomond involving injuries to 372 people between 2014 and 2018 – an average of nearly one accident a week.
There were four fatal crashes across the whole area in 2018 – a dramatic increase after a total of six deaths in 2014-17.
In an updated version of map produced last year, fatal accidents are marked in black, serious injuries in red and slight injuries in blue.