Signing up to slow down A72 traffic

A COUNCILLOR is going to push for speed-advisory signs along the A72 in the wake of a fatal road crash at Dirtpot Corner, near Cardrona, at the end of August, writes Mark Entwistle.

Perth motorcyclist David Arnot, 49, was killed at the notorious bend on the road when his bike was involved in a collision with a car travelling in the opposite direction.

The four occupants of the Peugeot needed hospital treatment and the tragedy followed a number of other accidents on this same stretch of the A72.

Last month, Lothian and Borders Police chief constable David Strang announced that his officers would carry out an urgent review of an 18-mile stretch of the road. He was responding to a call for action from Tweeddale East Conservative councillor Gavin Logan, who represents Scottish Borders Council on the joint police board.

Mr Logan claimed the death of Mr Arnot highlighted the pressing need for Dirtpot to be realigned – a project hatched by Scottish Borders Council (SBC) after a landslide blocked the road for six weeks.

In February, he defied his party whip and voted against the £4.7million project realignment being removed from the local authority’s five-year capital budget.

Instead, councillors approved the inclusion of just £300,000 to strengthen temporary measures to stabilise the steep banking above the corner adjacent to the River Tweed.

This week, however, Councillor Logan informed TheSouthern he intended asking a question at next week’s meeting of SBC, in which he will call for advisory speed-warning signs, similar to those in place on the B710 between Clovenfords and Caddonfoot, to be placed on this stretch of the road as a sensible and low-cost way to help safeguard travellers.

“I think it is absolutely imperative that something is done to highlight the dangers of this section of road,” said Councillor Logan. “But the long-term aim must be realignment of this corner. The project has to be re-included in the capital programme.”