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Speed limit fairies seem to have been at work in Corpach this week with the mysterious appearance of homemade 30mph repeater signs on every lamp post from Albyn Drive to just past Hillview Drive.
No one seems to know who the artistic traffic monitor is, but few are disapproving of his/her actions following a lengthy campaign by villagers to slow traffic down.
Maggie Mackenzie who leads the A830 Corpach Speed Group had no idea that the signs were going to be put up, having first became aware of them on Monday afternoon.
‘I think the hard work, and the costs involved, that has gone in to making and erecting these signs, shows the frustration that people in Banavie and Corpach are experiencing,’ she told us.
‘This road passes through our community, with drivers travelling well over the speed limit and with nothing in place to remind them that they are passing through a village with speed limits, or deter them from speeding.’
Corpach residents have been concerned about traffic speed on the A830 through the village for some years and although two vehicle-activated flashing ’30’ signs have been erected and there are occasional speed-camera checks, these worries remain.
Late last year the group, made up of Corpach residents, carried out a survey and produced a report detailing concerns and making recommendations based on their findings.
Although a separate group, Kilmallie Community Council has commended and endorsed the report and has taken forward most of its recommendations with Transport Scotland and BEAR Scotland. These recommendations cover the standard of maintenance, road markings and signage. In addition the police have agreed to carry out more speed checks.
Someone, however, felt a more active approach was required, hence the new signs – which appear to be working.
John Hutchison, acting chairman of Kilmallie Community Council said: ‘While Kilmallie Community Council can’t give formal support to the direct action, they have done a good job and we can certainly see that drivers are driving more slowly since the repeater signs went up.’
The cardboard signs were still in place at the time of writing despite Monday’s poor weather.
‘We urge Transport Scotland to provide digital signs that show drivers’ speeds as soon as possible,’ added Mr Hutchison.
A few years ago the community council was successful in working with Transport Scotland to achieve a pedestrian crossing in the centre of the village.
The full A830 through Corpach project report can be found on the Kilmallie Community Council website.