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A9 speed limit increase trial to go ahead next year

  • 06 December 2013
  • By Ashleigh Wight

Plans to trial a 50mph speed limit for LGVs on the A9 in Scotland have been welcomed by the Freight Transport Association (FTA) and Road Haulage Association (RHA).

Transport Scotland said the 36 month pilot will launch next year and aims to improve safety on the major single carriageway trunk road, which often sees car drivers perform dangerous overtaking manoeuvres to get past trucks, which are currently limited to 40mph.

“We have been working for this since the Scottish Parliament freight inquiry report was published [in 2006] recommending a trial. We will be doing all we can to ensure the pilot is a success and that it will benefit not just the freight industry but the whole of Scotland’s economy,” said Phil Flanders, RHA’s director for Scotland.

The FTA said the speed limit must be properly enforced and welcomed the introduction of average speed cameras.

Head of road network management policy Malcolm Bingham said: “FTA member companies have been operating at a disadvantage when competing with those who had blatantly ignored [the speed limit] and this trial will benefit all who comply with the limits set”.

“This trial will provide some much needed evidence to help determine if there are any advantages, on safety grounds, to set the speed limit of an LGV to 50mph,” he added.

Scotland’s minister for transport, Keith Brown MSP, said the trial is dependent on the introduction of the cameras.
Transport Scotland will be using before and after frustration surveys and monitoring overtaking behaviour to determine whether the trial is a success.

The RHA will launch an A9 safe driving campaign and customise its training ahead of the trial.

Transport Scotland hopes the A9 will be fully dualled by 2025.

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