50mph speed limit to be removed on A77

Local SNP MSP Adam Ingram has welcomed the announcement from Transport Scotland that they will revoke the 50mph speed limit on the A77 between Bogend Toll and Dutch House Roundabout.

The limit on this section of the A77 had previously been reduced from the national speed limit as an interim measure while a £10.6m programme of engineering improvements were completed.

These improvements included two new flyover junctions and, following an evaluation of the safety performance, it was considered appropriate that the national speed limit could be reinstated. While the available information supports the return to the national speed limit, the current average speed cameras are now ten years old and need to be replaced to maintain road safety performance across the whole route.

The numbers of people killed or seriously injured along the part of the A77 covered by the ASC system have fallen since 2005, with the latest figures indicating a reduction of over 57% in those killed and seriously injured when compared with the original baseline.

Transport Scotland intend to maintain the safety initiative by replacing the ten year old camera system with the latest available technology.

Commenting Mr Ingram said: “Safety is a key priority across all our roads, and the Scottish Government have invested £10.6m on engineering works to improve road safety on the A77 between Bogend Toll and Dutch House Roundabout.

“With the construction of two flyover junctions now completed, removing the need for right hand turns, it is appropriate to return this section of the route to the national speed limit. Following the return to the national speed limit, officials will closely monitor driver behaviour and, based on performance, consider the removal of the safety cameras north of Dutch House Roundabout. As with all safety camera enforcement, the A77 average speed camera system is focussed on delivering improvements in driver behaviour and reducing the number of people being killed or seriously injured.

“This essential maintenance will see benefits from the cameras retained for years to come.”