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Dallas road will not be upgraded for gritting

By Staff Reporter

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MORAY'S MP is disappointed by the local authority's decision not to reinstate a priority gritting route.

After being contacted by residents of Dallas and Knockando about the lack of gritting on the local road, Douglas Ross wrote to Moray Council highlighting their concerns and asking for the route to be reinstated as a Priority One gritting route.

He said: "The Dallas to Knockando road has seen a number of accidents and near misses recently. Previously this route was classed as a priority one road, but due to cutbacks it has been downgraded to a Priority Two.

"This means the gritters come later in the day to apply treatment to the road and I asked that this decision be reviewed, bearing in mind the volume of traffic using the road, which includes school transport."

He added: "Sadly the council have refused. It’s a real concern that efficiency savings are being made in such areas where the safety of drivers and road users are being put at risk.

"I’m now arranging a meeting with local people who have signed a petition on this issue to discuss what we can do next to further their campaign."

A Moray Council spokeswoman would only confirm the decision to downgrade the Dallas to Knockando route to priority two still stands.

She added: "This specific route will continue to be the first gritted within our priority two network."

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