A freedom of information request by a road safety campaigning MSP has found that there have been 12 road accidents at busy trunk road junctions in Nairn.
Figures released by Transport Scotland, following a request from David Stewart, showed that two accidents at the junction between the A96 and Marine Road were deemed “serious”.
Mr Stewart has raised concern about traffic problems on the A96 Inverness to Aberdeen road in recent months, including in parliament.
His findings showed that there were three minor accidents at the Harbour Street junction, two slight collisions at the A939 Grantown junction and three minor incidents at the Moss-Side Road in Nairn.
As well as the two serious accidents at the Marine Road junction, there was two slight collisions.
But Mr Stewart questioned why some junctions which had seen no accidents at all were controlled by traffic lights.
He said: “In 10 years, there have been 10 slight road traffic collisions and two serious collisions at the A96 road junctions through Nairn.
“Of course it would be best if there were not any, but I really have to ask if that is a collision history meriting an increase in junction controls from four sets of traffic lights to nine through the town.
“Lets take Albert Street. In 10 years there has not been one road collision at the junction, yet it is now controlled by traffic light signals.”
“Despite my efforts to date, the government and Transport Scotland advise that surveys revealed that there was a need for this level of traffic control.
“I have to say that they should be also looking at collision history. I want to get traffic through Nairn moving again and the only way to do that until a bypass is built, is by removing some of the current traffic signals or at the very least making them part time.”