Doune Road Speeding Problem
A majority of cars have been found to be speeding as they enter Dunblane towards the Wallace Rd / Doune Rd / Grant Drive junction that is well used by both primary school and high school aged children on their way to school in the morning. Part of the road was increased from a 30mph speed limit to a 40mph speed limit to act as a buffer zone as cars entered or left the 60mph speed limit area of road.
A traffic survey performed by Stirling Council showed that on a 7-day average, over 57% of vehicles are speeding, with a 7-day 85 percentile of 35.4mph. Looking at one day showed that Eastbound traffic (traffic that has come from the 40mph and should now being doing 30mph) showed that between 6.30am — 9.30am, the max speed recorded is 50.7mph, with 82.4% of cars entering Dunblane at the 7.30 time slot speeding, and between 3pm — 7pm, the max speed recorded is 48.6mph, with 74% of cars entering the village at 16.15 time slot speeding.
Julie Cowie a local (Bridge of Allan) resident who initially raised the safety concerns with local Councillor Alastair Majury said: “A staggered junction at Wallace Road/Doune Road/Grant drive combined with speeding traffic both entering and exiting Dunblane puts school children at both Dunblane Primary and High School at risk when trying to navigate the Doune Road. As the stretch of road between the Dunblane Primary School entrance and the Dunblane boundary is straight, I have often observed cars travelling at more than the permitted 30mph. Traffic calming measures along with a safe crossing point would seem a necessity both to deter speeding and ensure the road is safer for all concerned.”
Dunblane Councillor Alastair Majury said:
“The level of speeding in this area that is well used by schoolchildren is concerning, and I have raised this with matter with the Road Safety Engineers, and I believe that it is also time for the 40mph buffer zone to be removed and returned to the original 30mph limit. I would urge all drivers to slow down and think of pedestrian safety.”