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CALL FOR FURTHER OPTIONS TO BE LOOKED AT

SNP MSP for Clydesdale Aileen Campbell has welcomed a response from South Lanarkshire Council indicating that additional “slow” markings are to be placed in each direction between the warning signs and the junction at Tinto Hill on the A73.

This response follows a number of incidents taking place on the main road between Lanark and Biggar, raising further concerns about safety on the route. In recognition of this, the Council has stated that, while the conclude there is insufficient evidence to justify significant upgrading of the junction, the Council has agreed that there would be a safety benefit from duplicating the message from the “slow” markings. This work is now being programmed.

Ms Campbell has however also called on the Council to consider and not rule out additional options that would further improve safety on the road in light of continuing incidents and growing public and local concern.

Commenting, Ms Campbell said:

“While this is indeed welcome news from the Council that additional “slow” markings, significant concerns still remain.

“It is encouraging that the Council are taking the safety of drivers on the A73 seriously, however prevention is better than cure, and with accidents continuing to take place I am asking the Council to continue to explore and examine additional options to help prevent more tragedies from happening and to also keep monitoring the road and any incidents. With the busy summer tourist season fast approaching, this stretch of road will attract more users and we need to ensure it is as safe as it can be, whilst also ensuring the appropriate messaging about driving safely is listened to.”

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