Published: 16/02/2018 08:55 - Updated: 12/02/2018 15:07

New safety move at notorious junction in Forres

Road junctionBEAR Scotland are set to improve a notorious junction in Forres.

Highlands and Islands MSP, David Stewart, wrote to the Executive agency in June, 2016 raising concerns about the safety of Market Street’s junction with the A96 bypass.

Forres Community Council had highlighted a number of accidents at the Market Street and Mosset Road junctions, subsequently confirmed by an official Route Accident Reduction Plan study covering the entire A96.

Senior traffic and safety engineer at BEAR Scotland, Gerard Kelly, said: "The investigation identified injury collisions, particularly involving right turning vehicles, were higher than expected. It recommended all major junctions where right turning movements are allowed should be considered for safety improvements."

Local works will involve new road markings and alterations to signs around the Market Street junction. Additional markings in the centre reserve gaps will assist vehicle positioning, improving right-turning traffic movement and visibility for vehicles sitting in the central reserve. ‘Give way’ markings for westbound left turning vehicles will be removed to reduce confusion over priorities between traffic ows."

Mr Kelly added: "More significant improvement measures are difficult to justify as there is no clear common pattern of collision causation."

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