SNP accused of playing politics over cameras

By Cameron Brooks

Published: 20/02/2014

SNP ministers have been accused of delaying the introduction of controversial average-speed cameras on Scotland’s most notorious road to avoid losing votes in the independence referendum.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander claimed people in the Highlands did not want cameras on the A9 – and that First Minister Alex Salmond feared a backlash in the run-up to the September 18 poll.

Mr Alexander, who has started an online petition against the plans, described average-speed cameras as “abominable” and urged the Scottish Government to scrap the “completely pathetic” £2.5million scheme.

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