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Campaign for speed camera in Highland village gaining momentum despite funding snub

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A campaign to have speed cameras installed in a Highland tourist village is gaining momentum despite missing out on investment in the past few days.

Cameras are to be deployed in 24 locations across Scotland as part of a £675,000 project to enhance road safety.

The list does not include Drumnadrochit on Loch Ness-side, where campaigners have raised concerns at drivers ignoring the 30mph speed limit.

However, Transport Scotland has confirmed it is to carry out a speed survey following representations from frustrated locals and MSP David Stewart.

A spokesman said: “In light of the local concerns raised, arrangements will be made for a speed survey to be undertaken at this location to establish both vehicle speeds and levels of speed limit compliance.

“This survey, which will be undertaken once traffic flows return to typical levels seen prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, will help inform whether any additional measures are required to encourage improved driver behaviour and enhanced levels of speed limit compliance on the A82 between Drumnadrochit to Lewiston.”

David Stewart.

Mr Stewart said: “I am disappointed that Drumnadrochit is not on this newly-announced list but I am glad Transport Scotland has, on the back of my concerns, pledged to carry out vehicle speed surveys. I would hope that they will see that the community’s call for some action is justified.”

Mr Stewart will meet soon with the Highlands’ new Chief Superintendent Conrad Trickett and will raise the issue then.

Ch Sup Trickett said: “Road safety is a priority for Police Scotland and we’re committed to improving safety on the roads across the Highlands.

“We routinely carry out patrols as part of Operation Cedar (Challenge, Educate, Detect and Reduce) on the A82.

“We use marked and unmarked vehicles to deter and detect offences and speak to motorists about their behaviour in order to educate them as to the potential consequences.”

He said  speeding is a major contributory factor to serious and fatal collisions, adding: “We will continue to carry out targeted patrols across the region and take enforcement action where appropriate.

“I would urge people with concerns about speeding in their local area to raise this, either directly with police or through a local representative or community council.”

Meanwhile, a speed camera will be installed on the main route through the Black Isle village of Avoch.

The move has been welcomed by MSP Kate Forbes who has received numerous complaints about speeding traffic on the Station Road and Toll Road stretch of the A832 which passes Avoch Primary school, local shops and the harbour.

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