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Scottish government defends A9 speed camera plan

  • 29 January 2014
  • By Ashleigh Wight

The Scottish Government has defended its plans to introduce average speed cameras along the A9 before launching a trial of a 50mph speed limit for HGVs, after criticism from chief secretary to the Treasury and Highlands MP Danny Alexander.

Last week Alexander urged the SNP to scrap plans for speed cameras along the major trunk road, suggesting there was no evidence of their safety benefit.

He also said the money would be better spent in dualling the A9.

However, a spokeswoman for Transport Scotland said the planned trial of a 50mph speed limit for HGVs is still dependent on the cameras being put in place.

A Scottish Government spokesman said: “We have been in touch with Mr Alexander’s office on several occasions to arrange a suitable time to discuss these issues.”

“The evidence shows that average speed cameras help cut the number of accidents, particularly those resulting in death and serious injury – and all of the evidence supporting the decision to introduce the cameras has been available since October last year,” he added.

Jack Semple, head of policy for the Road Haulage Association said: “We will be stressing to our members and the rest of the road haulage industry the importance of safe driving.”

Transport Scotland is still currently finalising the timescale for the speed limit trial and plans to begin construction for the A9 dualling project in 2015/16.


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