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Transport Minister Derek Mackay hails impact of average speed cameras on the A9

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Since the introduction of the speeding measures and a test 50mph lorry speed in October 2014, accidents have been cut by nearly 60% on some stretches – and by nearly 45% between Perth and Inverness.
 

Transport Minister Derek Mackay hails impact of average speed cameras on the A9The average speed cameras were installed at 27 sites on the A9 between Inverness and Dunblane. Pictured is one of the average speed cameras located on the A9 heading south between the Broxden Roundabout in Perth and Blackford.

Average speed cameras on the A9 have had a dramatic impact on serious crashes in their first full year of operation, it has been claimed.

Accident and casualty rates have fallen while there has also been a reduction by two of the number of fatalities on the notorious route.

Since the introduction of the speeding measures and a test 50mph lorry speed in October 2014, accidents have been cut by nearly 60% on some stretches – and by nearly 45% between Perth and Inverness.

But transport chiefs have refused to reveal the number of lorries that were caught breaking the limit, or break down offences to those committed by motorcyclists.

Scottish Government Transport Minister Derek Mackay said: “For the first time since parts of the A9 were upgraded in the 1970s, there were no fatal accidents anywhere on the route from July to December.

“These improvements are taking place with rising traffic volumes and the continuing use of this nationally important route to support the economy of the Highlands and Islands.

“We are monitoring the performance of the A9 and welcome the figures which indicate that the route continues to perform far more safely than before. ‘Fatal and serious casualties’ have more than halved and there are clear and substantial reductions in fatal casualties both between Perth and Inverness and between Perth and Dunblane.”

Police Scotland also claim that the latest quarterly data shows that few drivers are being reported.

A total of 6107 vehicles were detected speeding between October 2014 and this week, which saw further action taken.

On the dual carriageway south of Perth, between 5 per cent and 20 per cent of drivers exceeded speed limits at the camera sites, according to the most recent figures.

This is down from between a quarter and a third since 2011.

North of Perth monitoring at Bankfoot, Birnam and Killiecrankie used to see between 10 and 36% of drivers break the speed limit, but this now ranges from less than 5 per cent to 15 per cent.

Chief Superintendent Andy Edmonston said: “The reduction in serious and fatal injury collisions on the A9 in the first year following installation of the safety cameras is welcome.

“However, while the number of fatalities decreased by a quarter, the case remains that six people sadly lost their lives on the road.

“Since the cameras were introduced just over 6000 vehicles have been detected travelling at excessive speed and subject to enforcement action.

Transport Scotland says a full three years of operation for the average speed camera system will need to pass before safety performance can be assessed.

Perthshire South and Kinross-shire MSP Roseanna Cunningham welcomed the report.

She said: ““The A9 is a key transport spine running through my constituency and providing the key route between the central belt and the highlands.

“It is a very busy road and so it is really good news to learn that, for the first time since the 1970s, there were no fatal accidents … and none at all between Dunblane and Perth for the whole period covered by the report.”

Courtesy: Iain Howie
 
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