Hundreds of people back campaign to increase safety on A82
Nearly 1000 people have signed a petition calling for speed cameras and extra police patrols on the A82.
Arrochar resident Christopher Johnstone launched the online campaign after the tragic death of 51-year-old John Allan, whose car collided with another vehicle south of Tarbet on June 20.
His petition has also been backed by members of Mr Allan’s family, including his cousin Tracy Keenan, who wrote: “I am signing because we sadly lost my cousin in a head-on collision yesterday.
“He was only 51 and had everything to live for. His wife was also injured but thankfully got discharged from hospital today. They were just about to retire together and travel. Please do something before anyone else is killed.”
Just three weeks earlier, on June 2, a motorcyclist was killed on the A82 north of Luss.
Christopher, 26, told the Lennox Herald enough was enough, explaining: “I am petitioning for speed cameras within the straight parts of the route.
“In 26 years of being a resident of Arrochar I do not see any cameras from Tarbet to Arden.
“Speed cameras will reduce people speeding on this route and prevent accidents at high speed. I’m also petitioning for Police Scotland to monitor this route more often.
“There are too many accidents happening, especially within the last couple of months.”
The petition calls for CCTV on the road but he told the Lennox Herald speed cameras would be more beneficial.
Residents from across West Dunbartonshire and further afield have come out in support of the petition, including Daniel Fryer from Arrochar, who posted: “This road needs to be made into a dual carriageway with a central reservation.
“It is the main access route to two cities. A lot of the dangerous driving is caused by people growing frustrated with tourists dropping from 60 to 40 to read the signs or enjoy the view, HGVs and campervans doing 50 and not pulling in to let other traffic pass. There are plenty of lay-bys on both sides.”
Leigh Bainbridge, from Arrochar, wrote: “Too many people die on this road as a combination of speed and crazy manoeuvres.
“I think there should be average speed cameras. That would stop speed and sudden braking, could make a huge difference.”
Superintendent Fraser Candlish said: “The A82 is a priority route for the road policing division and we deploy a number of resources including high-profile marked cars, unmarked cars and motorcycles on this road each and every day.
“We always welcome any initiatives and ideas from local community groups.
“I would urge people driving on the A82 to keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front and always drive within the speed limit at a speed that is appropriate for the road and weather conditions.”
A Transport Scotland spokeswoman told the Lennox Herald the A82 between Arden and Stoneymollan is currently being investigated, adding that they are also looking at the layby layouts between Balloch and Tarbet to see whether any improvements can be made to assist drivers in using them more safety.
She said: “Works are being undertaken at Stoneymollan roundabout this financial year.
“This includes providing high-friction surfacing on the A82 northbound approach to the roundabout, rationalising signing, road marking improvements and other measures to ensure visibility on the approaches leads to improved safety for roundabout users.
“Other potential future improvements will be dependent on the outcomes of our investigations.
“The Scottish Safety Camera Programme is an evidence-led programme. Cameras deployed through the programme must be done so primarily where they have the greatest potential to reduce injury collisions.
“Evidence of both collisions and speeding is required before a new site can be considered for enforcement.”