FOR MORAY COUNCIL TO INSTALL A CRASH BARRIER ON THE BAD BEND ON THE DUFFTOWN / DRUMMUIR ROAD
I’m sure we all got quite a shock when driving over to Drummuir and seeing the tree’s all cut down for the first time at Parkmore and I’m sure we all drive more carefully round those bends than we ever did before.
The Dufftown Community Council have been recently contacting Moray Council about the bad corner. Over the years the bad bends have seen many cars plough off the road and into the trees. However now that the trees have been removed if a vehicle was to skid off the road it would land way down the steep bank into the valley making it very difficult for ambulance crews to get to. The answer the Community Council feel is a crash barrier similar to the one at Popine Brae at Craigellachie above the Fiddichside Inn. A senior engineer from Moray Council wrote back to say. “Thank you for your recent email on behalf of the Dufftown and District Community Council. .We were approached by the local ward councillors in June regarding this issue as a result of the removal of the trees. At that time we carried out an assessment of the risk on the road and concluded that whilst a safety barrier was not appropriate there were measures that could be taken to mitigate the impact of removing the trees. As a result we installed additional signs and verge markers as well as adjusting existing signage to highlight the bend.
Whilst this will not alleviate the concerns of everyone in the community, I hope you can be confident that this matter has been considered and appropriate action has been taken to mitigate the impact of removing the trees.”
Please sing out petition to show that the local community feel that there should be a crash barrier installed at this bad corner in the interest of public safety.