Jury still out on Oban one-way pavements plan

Plans to create more space for social distancing in Oban are still being discussed.

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Plans to introduce one-way traffic and wider pavements at a number of town centres in Argyll and Bute are still to be decided.

Argyll and Bute Council held a 10-day consultation in July on measures designed to ensure easier social distancing and encourage ‘active travel’ such as cycling.

The proposals related to a number of town centres including Oban and Tobermory, but also Campbeltown, Dunoon, Helensburgh, Lochgilphead and Rothesay.

The consultation closed on July 26 and the outcome has yet to be made public.

The council has also yet to announce whether it intends to implement any of the changes proposed but has confirmed it remains in talks.

Argyll and Bute Council received £315,000 from the Scottish Government’s £10 million ‘Spaces for People’ temporary infrastructure programme announced in April.

It was designed to help councils implement ‘temporary active travel measures’ during the pandemic enabling people to ‘walk, cycle and wheel’ whilst physically distancing and keeping safe from traffic.

Similar changes have been proposed across other Scottish council areas.

A spokesperson for Argyll and Bute  thanked those who took part in the consultation.

It said: ‘We have analysed the submissions and we are now discussing the results with the local elected members. It’s important to do this as quickly as possible, but we also believe it is vital to take the views of local residents and businesses into account and get it right.’

The council’s proposals outlined in the consultation, which closed on July 26, were as follows:

A85 DUNOLLIE ROAD

‘On the A85 Dunollie Road there is only a narrow footway on the west side of the road.  We are proposing an advisory pedestrian one-way route on this footway.’

A85 GEORGE STREET FROM BREADALBANE ST TO STAFFORD ST

‘On the A85 George Street from Breadalbane Street (near the Phoenix Cinema) to Stafford Street (Oban Distillery) we propose to introduce an advisory pedestrian one-way system on the footways, with pedestrians asked to walk towards the town centre on one side of the road and away from the town centre on the other side of the road.’

A85 GEORGE STREET FROM STAFFORD ST TO ARGYLL SQUARE

‘On the A85 George Street from Stafford Street (Oban Distillery) to the Argyll Square, we propose to introduce pedestrian lane markings on the inland footway to create two pedestrian ‘lanes’ to enable two-way use of the footway along front of shops.’

A85 CORRAN ESPLANADE FROM STAFFORD ST TO CORRAN HALLS

‘On the A85 Corran Esplanade from Stafford Street to the Corran Halls we propose to introduce an advisory pedestrian one-way system on the continuous seaward footway.

‘An additional option to temporarily create additional space for pedestrians to social distance would be to remove some of the on-street parking in Oban.’

Flashback to the proposals: https://www.obantimes.co.uk/2020/07/17/one-way-pavement-plan-for-oban/