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Ministers Argue Over A9 Speed Cameras


Article by: rob brady
Date: 15 Aug 2013

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UK government Treasury minister Danny Alexander has written to the Scottish government's Transport Secretary Keith Brown calling the installation of speed cameras along the A9 between Dunblane and Inverness in Scotland a "knee-jerk decision".

The average speed cameras will be installed on the single carriageway preceding the proposed dualling of the stretch of road which will not be finished until 2025.

Lib Dem MP Alexander says he wants to see evidence that the cameras would help stop accidents. He commented, "I'd like to see the full assessment of all the options for road safety improvements published, so we can all see how the average speed proposal compared to other options which I presume were on the table, like a more targeted approach."

A spokesman for Keith Brown responded by accusing the minister of hypocrisy: "This is the height of hypocrisy from Danny Alexander, given the Lib Dems' utter failure to commit to dualling the A9 during the years they were in office at Holyrood."

The average speed cameras are due to be in operation by summer 2014.

Holyrood ministers say that the A9 Safety Group "reviewed a detailed evidence base of the accident history and speed profiles of the route" before deciding the cameras should be installed.

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Posted by lenfish on Thu Aug 15, 2013 10:19 pm Reply with quote

And being part of the Coalition he should know a knee jerk reaction when he sees one. Very Happy

Len


 
Posted by M8TJT on Fri Aug 16, 2013 8:13 am Reply with quote

johnboy290 Wrote:
Given Danny Alexander is a Scottish MP, I'm surprised he doesn't know of the statistics covering the reduction in accidents on the A77.
Given that they are talking about the A9, I'm not sure what the relevance of the A77 is


 
Posted by JockTamsonsBairn on Fri Aug 16, 2013 9:22 am Reply with quote

M8TJT Wrote:
johnboy290 Wrote:
Given Danny Alexander is a Scottish MP, I'm surprised he doesn't know of the statistics covering the reduction in accidents on the A77.
Given that they are talking about the A9, I'm not sure what the relevance of the A77 is
The A77 Average Speed zones were introduced to reduce the number of accidents caused by car drivers attempting to get past the long chains of lorries that built up on this road, similar to those on the A9. The A77 is the main road from the Central Belt to the Ferry Ports for Northern Ireland and carry a huge amount of road freight.

johnboy290 Wrote:
Given Danny Alexander is a Scottish MP, I'm surprised he doesn't know of the statistics covering the reduction in accidents on the A77.
Do you happen to know where/if the stats have been published? A significant increase in safety would make up for the frustration caused by the cameras, when the road is empty.

Sadly, the introduction of these zones will have no affect on the number of foreign drivers who end up driving on the wrong side of the road!


Jock

TomTom Go 940 LIVE (9.510, Europe v915.5074 on SD & 8.371, WCE v875.3613 on board)

 
Posted by M8TJT on Fri Aug 16, 2013 10:29 am Reply with quote

Ah, I see Embarassed


 
Posted by DennisN on Sat Aug 17, 2013 7:16 am Reply with quote

What's a Westminster MP doing interfering in Scottish decisions?


Dennis

If it tastes good - it's fattening.

Two of them are obesiting!!

 
Posted by M8TJT on Sat Aug 17, 2013 8:15 am Reply with quote

It's about time that it worked that way round Dennis


 
Posted by Shack55 on Fri Sep 13, 2013 4:20 pm Reply with quote

What makes Mr. Alexander think he knows what he is talking about? Is his reaction not a jerk of the knee since he obviously has reacted without asking those who decided to put it in.

When you know how long it takes to plan and pass these schemes there can be no hint of a knee jerk.


 
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