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CALLANDER ON THE ROAD TO SOLVING TRAFFIC PROBLEMS

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A study to investigate options for traffic management measures in the town of Callander on the A84 trunk road has b...
A study to investigate options for traffic management measures in the town of Callander on the A84 trunk road has been commissioned by Scottish secretary Michael Forsyth.

The study will be followed by a public exhibition, to be held in Callander next Spring, which will illustrate the nature and extent of the traffic problems in the town and will give the public an opportunity to view and comment on possible solutions.

Mr Forsyth said:

'I have been concerned about speeding traffic in the town for some time and this study should lead to the town becoming a safer place for pedestrians and motorists. This initiative underlines our commitment to improve the trunk road network, and is part of a continuing programme of traffic calming schemes aimed at stopping speeding and minimising the effects of trunk roads on local communities.

'In recent years a number of measures have been introduced in Callander to address congestion and pedestrian safety. This has included the provision of pedestrian crossings, widened footways and the rationalisation of parking. Callander is different from the other towns and villages on the A84 as in addition to the need to reduce vehicle speeds entering the town, there is also a need to reduce congestion and ease traffic flow in the town centre, particularly during the summer months.

'I look forward to viewing the proposed solutions when the study in Callander is completed.'

-- The problems of speeding through communities on the A84, such as Strathyre and Doune have been addressed by means of the introduction of traffic calming measures aimed specifically at reducing vehicle speeds entering the built up area. These schemes are currently being monitored. Traffic calming is a relatively new concept in road safety engineering and there is great demand for schemes to be introduced in towns and villages throughout the trunk road network.

Stirling Council have now been commissioned to undertake a comprehensive study into all aspects of traffic management in Callander. This will include the provision of traffic calming measures, speed limits, and gateways at the entrances to the town on the A84.

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