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A96 NAIRN

From : 29th November 2017

To : 30th March 2018

Posted : 23rd November 2017

TRIAL REMOVAL OF TRAFFIC SIGNALS ANNOUNCED

A96 ALBERT STREET, NAIRN

Installation works to take place overnight on Wednesday 29 November

Trial to last until end of March 2018

 

A trial to remove a set of traffic signals on the A96 in Nairn is to start next week on 30 November, subject to weather conditions.  

The trial comes after calls from the public to improve traffic flows in the town.  Once in place the new arrangement will be monitored over the winter and spring and if successful, the signals will be removed permanently later in 2018.

This trial follows on-going collaboration between Transport Scotland, BEAR Scotland, The Highland Council and local representatives in the Nairn Community Focus Group with the Group welcoming these measures.  BEAR Scotland have also been liaising closely with Rosebank Primary School, including speaking directly with pupils, to ensure safe routes to school are maintained.

The trial will involve covering the traffic signal heads and controllers, as well as the installation of pedestrian barriers to deter crossings over the A96 in this area. Signs to notify pedestrians of alternative traffic signal controlled crossing points will also be installed. 

The works to install these measures will get underway from 8pm on Wednesday 29 November for one night.  To allow the works to take place safely, temporary traffic signals will be in place at the A96 Albert Street junction during these hours. 

Commenting on the improvements, Andy Thompson, BEAR Scotland’s North East Representative, said: “Safety is a top priority for both BEAR Scotland and Transport Scotland and this trial is part of our commitment to that.  

“The trial removal of the traffic signals in Nairn is expected to reduce queuing for road users travelling through Nairn on the A96. Alternative pedestrian crossing points over the A96 are provided close by at the Seabank Road and Leopold Street junctions. BEAR Scotland and Transport Scotland are working with Rosebank Primary school to encourage use of the other available traffic signal controlled crossings.

“Once the trial is complete in the spring next year we will forward the results for discussion with Transport Scotland.

“We encourage road users to plan their journey in advance and allow some extra journey time.”

Real time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org, twitter @trafficscotland, or on the new Traffic Scotland mobile site, my.trafficscotland.org.

 

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