Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP Dean Lockhart has today expressed his frustration with Transport Scotland in relation to the conclusions of a long-awaited road safety report.
The report into preliminary options for potential road safety improvements near Blair Drummond Safari Park, commissioned by BEAR Scotland, concludes that a new roundabout incorporating the A84 and A873 would be the best option should any improvements be made at the site.
Other options included major road re-design to install a roundabout to include the A84, A873 and the B8705.
However, Transport Scotland have written to stakeholders to state that their position: ‘’remains unchanged and the introduction of a new roundabout to better serve the Safari Park is not a priority for us at this time, nor does it represent value for money in accordance with our assessment criteria.’’
Mr Lockhart has today written to local community councils expressing his frustration with the lack of progress on the issue and has vowed to continue the political pressure for a solution.
Dean Lockhart MSP said:
‘’I would like to thank BEAR Scotland for producing such a comprehensive report into the options available to make this section safer for road users.
‘’Although the report states a clear conclusion that the installation of a new roundabout would be the preferred option, I am disappointed that Transport Scotland have stated their intention to do nothing at all.
‘’The criteria used to establish these conclusions is, in my opinion, flawed and does not take into account the many near misses at the junction.
‘’The safety of road users must be the main priority as we look to make improvements to this stretch of road, and I hope that the political will can be found across all parties to make the change detailed in the report a reality.’’