Councillor Alastair Majury on Imminent Arrival of VAS on Airthrey Rd
Local elected representatives Alexander Stewart MBE MSP and Councillor Alastair Majury have welcomed the imminent arrival of Vehicle Activated Signs (VAS), on Airthrey road which is part of one the key ‘Walk, Cycle, Live, Stirling’ routes.
Whilst local Dunblane and Bridge of Allan Councillor Alastair Majury had called for these signs back in October 2017, with the council originally planning to have these installed by April 2018. Calls for these signs have increased recently as others have realised that reducing the speed limit on this road from 40mph to 30mph without any other measures has be ineffective. The speed along this road has been a regular topic of discussion at the Bridge of Allan Community Council, with Alexander Stewart MBE MSP supporting the case that simply reducing the speed limit and doing nothing else, then the expected result is a minimal impact to speed.
After regular enquiries by Councillor Majury, Stirling Council have confirmed that they have now put the poles in place for these signs, with the VAS due to be installed shortly. Airthrey road is a key part of the recently launched ‘Walk, Cycle, Live, Stirling’ initiative, with Stirling Council having installed Bluetooth monitoring units which monitor devices located inside vehicles, carried by pedestrians, and cyclists, along with 23 pedestrian/cyclist counters. This data is then used to calculate traffic journey times and movements. Ensuring that motorists adhere to the 30mph limit will be a key aspect of ensuring that this route is safer for cyclists and pedestrians to use.
Local Dunblane and Bridge of Allan Councillor Alastair Majury Said:
“In 2017 I was a lone objector to the reduction of the speed limit without any other measures, and only gave my consent on the basis that other measures such as a VAS were put in place, as I knew that without such measures would result in a minimal speed reduction. I have sadly been proven to be right, and I am glad that there has now been cross-party acknowledgement of this. The installation of these signs are better late than never.”