New speed camera sites set for north-east locations
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Plans have been unveiled for four new north-east speed camera locations as part of a drive to increase road safety across Scotland.
The Scottish Government has opened a consultion on an ambitious Road Safety Framework for the next decade.
The Road Safety Framework to 2030 sets out a long-term vision for road safety, Vision Zero, where there are zero fatalities and injuries on Scotland’s roads by 2050.
To achieve this ambitious interim targets where the number of people being killed or seriously injured on roads will to be halved by 2030 have been set.
Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson launched the consultation whilst also announcing a £675,000 funding allocation to support 24 newly identified safety camera sites.
This work will strive to improve road safety by encouraging improved driver behaviour and speed limit compliance at key areas.
In Aberdeenshire the selected sites are -
B987 Northern Road, Kintore, - Mobile
B977 Old Aberdeen Road, Balmedie, - Mobile
A96 Bainshole near Huntly - Mobile
A944 Kingswells, Aberdeen (Eastbound) - Fixed
Mr Matheson said: “Our Road Safety Framework to 2020 has supported a reduction in the numbers of people killed or seriously injured in Scotland’s roads.
"It’s remarkable that even with a 27 per cent rise in traffic since 1995, we’ve seen a 61 per cent decrease in road collisions across the same period.
“Even though we are on track to meet the 2020 target for reductions in the number of people killed on our roads – this brings no consolation to the family and friends who have been left completely devastated by the death of loved ones on our roads.
"We must do more – and the positive improvements we’ve made, stem from a collective belief by all road safety partners in Scotland, that road deaths are not an inevitability.
"We believe that they are preventable.
"Our ambition for Vision Zero by 2050, is achievable, and I believe can be made a reality, by fully embedding the Safe System approach to road safety.
“Our framework will put people at its centre, and will provide a more forgiving road system that takes human vulnerability and fallibility into account.
"It intends to recognise that people are fragile and make mistakes that can lead to collisions but it should result in no death or serious injury.
"It also focuses on supporting our National Transport Strategy and net-zero aspirations in allowing people to make informed choices to travelling in a safe, active and sustainable way.
"We all have a collective responsibility to look out for each other on our roads – so have your say through our consultation and let’s deliver a framework that will save lives across the next decade.”
“The development of the next framework does not mean we pause from taking decisive action to improve road safety.
"An exercise has been completed to identify new sites that would benefit from safety camera enforcement.
"Our investment of £675,000 will improve speed limit compliance, encourage better driver behaviour and reduce the numbers of people killed or seriously injured across the road network.”
Assistant chief constable Mark Williams at Police Scotland said: “Every death on our roads is a tragedy and Police Scotland is committed to working closely with our road safety partners to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured.
"We regularly conduct road safety operations to improve driver behaviour, educate motorists and other road users, as well as carrying out enforcement activity where required.
"We really welcome the public consultation on the Road Safety Framework and would urge all road users to contribute in order to help shape how we deliver safer roads in the years to come.”
The consultation which can be accessed at https://consult.gov.scot/transport-scotland/road-safety-framework-to-2030/ closes on December 1, 2020.
Elsewhere in Scotland the locations are -
Camelon Road, Arnothill, Falkirk - Fixed
Links Road, Port Seton, East Lothian (Straight Section) - Mobile
Largo Road, Leven, Fife - Mobile
A835 north of Morefield, Highland - Mobile
B9128 at Crombie Crossroads, Angus - Mobile
A930 Dalhousie/Monifieth Road, Broughty Ferry - Mobile
A832 Station/Toll Road, Avoch, Highland - Mobile
A96 west of Brodie Trunk Road - Mobile
Springfield Road, Celtic Park, Glasgow - Mobile
Great Western Road, near Gartnavel (Westbound) - Fixed
Fenwick Road, Giffnock - Fixed
Nitshill Road, Nitshill, Glasgow (northbound) - Fixed
Main Road, Cardross - Fixed
Auchinairn Road, Auchinairn - Average Speed
A72 Carlisle Road, Ferniegair/Allanton - Mobile
Parkhouse Road, Nitshill, Glasgow - Average Speed
Crookston Road, Rosshall, Glasgow (northbound) - Fixed
Dubbs Road, Mid Achenleck, Port Glasgow - Fixed
Edgefauld Road, Petershill, Glasgow - Mobile
Newton Street, Greenock - Mobile