MSP calls for lower speed limit at Sconser ferry junction

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The constituency MSP for Skye and Raasay, Kate Forbes, has added her voice to calls for a lower speed limit on the A87 at the Sconser ferry junction.

In response to growing local concerns over road safety, Ms Forbes wrote to Transport Scotland earlier this year to ask them to conduct a speed survey on what is presently a 60mph limit.

The latest available figures, from March 2013 to March 2018, record no personal injury accidents 250 metres either side of the junction for the ferry, but it is understood there have been numerous near misses caused by sharp braking.

Ms Forbes commented: ‘Even when I’ve not been catching the ferry to Raasay, on every journey to the north of Skye I will pass the junction for the Sconser ferry.

‘There have been several times where I have had to slam my brakes on, particularly when I’m driving southbound on the A87, either because visitors have slowed down to enjoy the picturesque view across the sea, or because they are making a sharp turn in to catch the ferry.

‘We must not also forget that Raasay children get the bus here each school day – which involves crossing the road en route to Portree High School.

‘I wrote to Transport Scotland earlier this year, and was pleased that they agreed that BEAR Scotland would undertake a review around this junction.

‘Given the continued popularity of visitors to Skye, which will inevitably result in an increase in the number of vehicles passing this point on the A87, a reduction in the speed limit would be a helpful first step to addressing road safety issues here.’