Road safety will soon be improved at a West Highland tourist hotspot after Transport Scotland agreed to Kate Forbes MSP’s request to reduce the 60mph speed limit at a road near two world-famous tourist attractions.
Tens of thousands of tourists come to Glenfinnan each year via the A830 to see the iconic viaduct, which featured in the Harry Potter films, as well as the monument which honours fallen Jacobite clansmen.
Because the Glenfinnan monument does not have its own car park, visitors must walk along and cross the A830 – which has a 60mph limit – to gain access. Local children must also wait at the side of the road for their school bus pick-up.
Along with Glenfinnan Community Council, Kate Forbes MSP has been campaigning for months to see a reduction on safety grounds.
News of a speed limit reduction to 40mph and the installation of a controlled pedestrian crossing was confirmed to the Lochaber MSP in a letter earlier this week.
Kate Forbes MSP said: “This is the latest step in making visitor access to Glenfinnan easier, safer and more welcoming.
“For almost two years, the local community have been developing ideas for car parking and finally secured funding through the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund.
“During this time, they have also been campaigning for a lower speed limit at the crossing place to the Monument.
“After a lot of correspondence, a few meetings and continued pressure, I am delighted to see that Transport Scotland have agree to lower the speed limit.
“As we enter the tourism season again, I hope this means its much safer for visitors and locals alike.
“It’s another example of community campaigning and sheer determination paying off.”
Fiona Gibson, secretary of Glenfinnan Community Council, added: “Glenfinnan Community Council are very pleased that Transport Scotland plan a 40mph speed limit and a controlled pedestrian crossing point on the A830 by the National Trust for Scotland visitor centre.
“The village receives ever increasing numbers of visitors from all over the world and their safety as well as local road users has been a long standing item on our agenda.”
Transport Scotland expect the new road speed limit of 40mph to be advertised in May.