Average speed cameras to be installed between Tyndrum and Killin

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An average speed camera system is to be installed on a 16-mile stretch of the A82 and A85 roads between Tyndrum and Lix Toll, near Killin.

This will replace the mobile camera enforcement on this section of the route.

Average speed cameras aim to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured by encouraging better driving and speed limit compliance.

Despite mobile cameras at three sites on the A82 and A85 between Tyndrum and Lix Toll, there have been 21 reported collisions in the most recently assessed three-year period. This has resulted in nine slight injury collisions, 11 serious injury collisions and one fatal collision. In addition, on some stretches of this route, one in three vehicles are speeding.

It is anticipated the average speed camera system, costing £250,000, will be in place later this summer.

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson said: ‘Installing average speed cameras on the A82 and A85 roads between Tyndrum and Lix Toll will help make the road safer for everyone.

‘We already know from our experience with average speed cameras deployed elsewhere that they encourage improved levels of driver behaviour, with a 60 per cent reduction in the number of killed or seriously injured casualties on similar rural single carriageways sections of road.

‘This investment will deliver a range of benefits for road users, including reducing road casualties, improving journey time reliability and reducing the frequency of incidents and disruptive closures.’

East Safety Camera Unit manager Andy Jones said: ‘The East Safety Camera Unit currently deploys mobile safety camera vans along this route and motorists are complying with the speed limit when the vans are present. However, there is a significant number of vehicles travelling above the limit outwith enforcement periods, as well as collisions caused by inappropriate speed. We welcome the introduction of an average speed camera system as a more permanent means of encouraging improved driver behaviour.’

A new website has been created for the A82/A85 average speed camera system. Visit www.a82-a85road.info for further information.