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S5W-12454: Jamie Greene (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 2 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the collision between an ambulance and a car on the road on 24 October 2017, what action Transerv is taking to make the A737 at Dalgarven safe; how much it has spent on this work in the last year; how much it expects to spend in 2017-18, and by what date this work will be completed.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 15 November 2017

Road safety is of paramount importance in the operation of the trunk road network. Safer road design, improved speed management, continued maintenance and a better provision for vulnerable road users are amongst the steps being taken to reduce the numbers of casualties. The safety performance of the trunk road network is assessed on an annual basis.

Following the annual assessment in 2016 Dalgarven was identified as an area for further investigation. Transport Scotland attended a meeting with Ruth Maguire MSP and a number of representatives of the community on 3 March 2017 where a commitment was given to examine any potential measures to improve safety and reduce the risk of accidents through the area.

This investigation has been progressed and possible measures to be discussed with the local community and elected members include:

  • Vehicle Activated Signs – junction warning signs

  • Improved visibility at junctions from clearing existing foliage

  • Relocate the existing bus stop into a layby

  • New footway provision adjacent to the carriageway

  • Rationalisation of the existing signage

  • Introduction of a gateway type feature to highlight Dalgarven

Conclusion of the investigation will confirm the recommended measures. This will also allow costs to be estimated and the works to be programmed.