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There should be a 30pm zone all the way through Corpach and haulage companies and businesses which send out heavy goods vehicles onto the A830 should be asked to ensure drivers adhere to speed limits.
That was the view of those attending last week’s meeting of Kilmallie Community Council.
With both 30mph and 40mph zones in the area, many feel the change of limit is partly to blame for speeding drivers.
‘It’s ridiculous that it changes in places to 40mph. There are lorries on the road from 5.30am clattering along easily in excess of 30mph in the 30mph zone going by the noise they make,’ said one woman resident.
‘I travelled behind one recently on my way to work and it was definitely going faster than 30mph.
‘Could the community council perhaps write to the local hauliers and ask them to speak to their drivers about being more careful about their speed?
‘I appreciate they are trying to run commercial operations but if they could at least observe the 30mph speed limit until we could maybe get a 30mph limit all the way through, it would make a huge difference. They just need to be a bit more considerate.’
Several haulage firms such as Ferguson and BSW were praised for their speedy tackling of previous complaints over any of their drivers speeding.
Another local resident, Norman Clark, said it was not just lorry drivers who were to blame. ‘If you went and stood outside the school road before 9am, you’d be horrified at how many car drivers are speeding past there.’
Community councillor Mandy Ketchin said the community council had tried hard over the years. ‘The amount of effort we have had to put into get even the smallest of improvements has been enormous,’ she said.
‘But it seems sensible to have a 30mph right through from Annat to Corpach rather than it going up and down from 30 to 40 and so on.
‘I’d be delighted if if the community council would start requesting this but it will need huge support – dozens if not hundreds of people to start writing. It needs people with energy to keep writing and keep the pressure on.’
Resident John Hutchison warned, however, that the way authorities considered requests for speed limits made it anything but straightforward process, especially on trunk roads like the A830.
The community council agreed it would write to all the local transport firms asking them to do more to ensure drivers observed the limits.
Councillors also called on residents to keep times, dates and registration numbers of any lorries they thought were speeding.