Safety package for Gleneagles

The hundred thousand pounds investment will include the installation of ‘smart’ signs which warn drivers when someone is crossing the road, improvements to the lay-out of the pavement on the north side of the A9 and the closure of the existing crossing point at Auchterarder junction. This will see the existing footway widened between Western Rd and the crossing point at Station Road.

The plans are part of Transport Scotland’s on-going efforts to improve safety and accessibility on Scotland’s trunk road network and follow and in-depth assessment of a number options for those crossing to Gleneagles Station.

Transport Minister, Derek Mackay said:

“The safety of our trunk road network is of paramount importance and we do all we can to make sure that the interventions we make are as effective as possible.

“In this instance, we have listened to the concerns of the community and undertaken a thorough assessment of a range of options to improve accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists crossing the A9 at Gleneagles Station.

“This £100,000 package of improvement measures is a comprehensive solution, using the latest technology, that can be delivered during the current financial year.

“We do appreciate that some people will be disappointed that a footbridge is not being installed at this location but evidence suggests that these measures will be most appropriate in this case. They will reinforce the improvements already introduced at Auchterarder, where the average speed cameras have helped to reduce the number of vehicles speeding excessively by more than ninety percent.

“We will continue to monitor road safety on the A9, including at Gleneagles and take action where we identify the need for further road safety investigations or improvements.”

Published 1 Jun 2015