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Badenoch and Strathspey Area Committee Pause Proposed Traffic Calming Measures for Grantown 

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Badenoch and Strathspey Area Committee members have agreed to pause proposed new traffic calming measures for Grantown on Spey.

The proposed fixed measures, recommended to councillors at the meeting of the Area Committee, were designed to improve road safety and encourage walking, cycling and wheeling in Grantown on Spey.

The works included: two pairs of Speed Cushions on Castle Road East, four pairs on the B9102 between the Castle Road East junction and the Craig MacLean Sports Centre and two pairs on Heathfield Road.

However, members didn’t agree that the introduction of ‘fixed’ traffic calming measures would be appropriate in Grantown at this present time given the proposals coming before the Economy and Infrastructure Committee later this week.

The proposals due to be discussed at the E&I Committee involve Transport Scotland’s nationwide 20mph Implementation Strategy, which Highland Council has been asked to join as a pilot local authority. 

Members agreed that this strategy could ultimately lead to the introduction of 20mph zones in towns and villages across Highland, and possibly present a more suitable road safety solution for Grantown on Spey.

Chair of Badenoch and Strathspey Area Committee, Cllr Bill Lobban said:

“We don’t feel that fixed traffic calming measures would be appropriate in Grantown, especially at the areas mentioned in the proposals and unanimously agreed to reject the proposals.

“The Committee has agreed to monitor the events taking place later this week at the Economy and Infrastructure Committee which could well lead to a reasonable alternative to permanent traffic calming measures.”

Members agreed to hold talks with Highland Council’s Education Committee chair to discuss any future measures that may be necessary around the Primary School.

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