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S5W-11144: David Stewart (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 7 September 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5O-01221 by Fergus Ewing on 7 September 2017, what its response is to the concerns raised by Forres Community Council regarding Transport Scotland's decision not to install a pedestrian crossing opposite the new Forres railway station and, in light of these, whether it will intervene directly on the matter.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 22 September 2017

Transport Scotland advised Forres Community Council at the meeting on 7 November 2016, that in line with Scottish Planning Policy, Network Rail could not be expected to provide enhanced provision as there was no fundamental change to the existing situation. As a statutory consultee within the planning process, Transport Scotland is not in a position to compel Network Rail to install a controlled pedestrian crossing.

However, considering the representations of the Community Council in regard to pedestrians crossing the A96, Transport Scotland made a commitment to carry out an assessment of crossing facilities. The results of the assessment demonstrated that the current and proposed method of crossing the A96 with an uncontrolled crossing in two stages is the appropriate means of crossing.

The pedestrian crossing assessment included a sensitivity test which doubled the current number of both pedestrians and vehicles at this location and this indicated that even with these increases, the proposed crossing facility was the appropriate type of crossing.

Further Safety Audits will be carried out prior to opening and a year after completion and any identified safety issues will be addressed. Transport Scotland’s Strategic Road Safety team also conducts an annual safety review every year and any issues arising will be identified. Should passenger numbers increase as the improvements to the Aberdeen to Inverness railway are implemented, a new survey and assessment can be carried out.