Councillors’ green light for Ballachulish 30mph speed order

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Councillors have now given the green light to the preparation and advertising of a draft traffic order after the recent successful campaign for a 30mph speed limit on a stretch of the B863 road at North Ballachulish.

Members of Highland Council’s Lochaber Area Committee, meeting last week in Fort William, officially approved the request, made on behalf of Nether Lochaber Community Council to cut the existing speed limit from 40mph to 30mph.

St Bride’s Primary School lies within the speed limit zone, which has a temporary 20mph speed limit during the start and end of the school day.

But widespread concerns have been raised about road safety in general, especially for pedestrians walking on the stretch of road where there is no footway.

Councillor Andrew Baxter, local MSP Kate Forbes and Nether Lochaber Community Council chairman Iain Jenner all lent their support to the community efforts.

As a result of this request, a speed survey was carried out recording a mean speed of traffic of 34.9mph.

Council official Pauline Donaldson informed councillors that Police Scotland has confirmed its officers would enforce a 30mph limit on this section of road.

Lochaber Area Committee members approved the preparation and advertising of a draft order and the making of the order.

Asked by Councillor Baxter, who chairs Lochaber Area Committee, what the timescale would be for getting the order implemented and new signage erected along the road, Ms Donaldson said there was some uncertainty.

‘We have to buy new signs and countdown markers, which are quite expensive, so I will need to get back to you on that,’ she said.

Councillor Niall MacLean asked if signs could be erected before the draft order was advertised and then made, but Ms Donaldson responded that this would be unenforceable by the police.

Mr Baxter called for an additional recommendation to be added – which was agreed – that early confirmation be sought from officers that the necessary expenditure would be approved to allow early implementation of the traffic orders.



MSP Kate Forbes recently joined local resident Katie Daynes and other protestors calling for a reduced speed limit outside St. Bride’s school. Photograph: Iain Ferguson,

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