Scotland's most dangerous roads revealed

Scotland's most dangerous roads revealed

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Edinburger

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8,055 posts

116 months

Wednesday 30th October
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Interesting article here suggesting the A9 and the M8 are Scotland’s “most dangerous roads”.

The ‘safety camera’ organisation claim they have a robust process to choose roads to stick mobile cameras on, yet I’ve never seen any on the M8. The A9 obviously has the average speed cameras for a section, but the M8?

The A82, A8, A90 and A71 were next on the list of roads with the most accidents and I’ve seen cameras on the A82 and A90 but not the others.

Yet cameras are regularly sitting on lots of other roads which don’t appear anywhere in this list. And we’re told they’re for road safety and not for raising revenue.

Article: https://www.edinburghlive.co.uk/news/edinburgh-new...

tim0409

2,715 posts

107 months

Wednesday 30th October
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My experience of these roads is that speed isn't the issue; I suspect the main cause of accidents is due to failing to leave an adequate stopping distance (which should also include the time required to look up from their mobile device...). Tailgating appears to be the accepted norm nowadays, and whenever I hear of multi car accidents I am pretty sure it will be the cause.

Craigie

1,159 posts

127 months

Wednesday 30th October
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My unscientific mind tells me that the stretch of road with most accidents is the M8E at the approach to Hermiston Gait. Must be several here every week.

Chuck328

1,206 posts

115 months

Thursday 31st October
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Cynical hat on.

When was the A9 'average speed camera'd' 2 years ago???

So average speed cameras do fk all to reduce accidents? scratchchin

Don Veloci

1,447 posts

229 months

Thursday 31st October
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The article does not appear to reference any Safety Camera Organisation?

That aside, it's fair to have a dig that obsession with speed and cameras is a fix all.

M8E? Well, having a major dual carriageway just ending in a roundabout isn't really fit for purpose. Having seen what they've spent on Eurocentral/Bargeddie/Baillieston/Raith Interchange then smoothing out Hermiston Gate should be achievable

Davie

3,000 posts

163 months

Thursday 31st October
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The M8 just appears to be a very busy corridor carrying all manner of stressed, impatient, half awake commuters to and from the countries two biggest cities and when you add in wagons, tourist, dawdlers and crap weather to the equation... it's no wonder it's so bad. As for roundabouts at the end of motorways, more so Hermiston Gait... that just puts the fear of God up me. On which note, the A1 roundabouts down towards Dunbar now have massive flashing signs in the centre, dead ahead on approach so clearly somebody is fed up of traffic taking the direct route through them.

andym1603

1,599 posts

120 months

Thursday 31st October
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Chuck328 said:
Cynical hat on.

When was the A9 'average speed camera'd' 2 years ago???

So average speed cameras do fk all to reduce accidents? scratchchin
The cameras were introduced in 2014 and the only thing they have done is bunch up the traffic as most are too scared to overtake.

s2kjock

856 posts

95 months

Thursday 31st October
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andym1603 said:
The cameras were introduced in 2014 and the only thing they have done is bunch up the traffic as most are too scared to overtake.
Have KSIs not reduced since they were installed? Nutters "making progress" dangerously have certainly reduced in my experience, hateful as the cameras are.

I'm not convinced roadworks and heavier traffic hasn't made comparing stats before and after the cameras difficult though.

Chuck328

1,206 posts

115 months

Friday 1st November
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andym1603 said:
The cameras were introduced in 2014 and the only thing they have done is bunch up the traffic as most are too scared to overtake.
2014! Wow. I'm getting old, memory must be going. But yes you are right, We just tonight came back from the Enchanted Forest in Pitlochry thus couldn't avoid the A9 as much as I detest it for the reasons you mention. At least the dualing when complete should improve things.

irc

351 posts

84 months

Friday 1st November
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Very lazy journalism. A quick look at the article suggests they have not taken volume of traffic into account . So it is no surprise the M8 connecting Edinburgh and Glasgow then continuing to Langbank past the Erskine Bridge carrying heavy commuter traffic throughout it's length has more accidents than shorter roads or roads carrying a small fraction of the traffic? Who'd have thunk it?

"Although motorways carry around 21% of traffic, they only account for 6% of fatalities"

Rural roads carry twice the traffic (vehicle miles) than motorways but have more than 10 times the fatality rate. So wherever the most dangerous road is it will be a rural road not a motorway.

Page 23

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/governmen...

ianrb

1,007 posts

88 months

Sunday 3rd November
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s2kjock said:
andym1603 said:
The cameras were introduced in 2014 and the only thing they have done is bunch up the traffic as most are too scared to overtake.
Have KSIs not reduced since they were installed? Nutters "making progress" dangerously have certainly reduced in my experience, hateful as the cameras are.

I'm not convinced roadworks and heavier traffic hasn't made comparing stats before and after the cameras difficult though.
They increased the speed limit for HGVs at the same time. In the rest of the UK that change produced a reduction in KSIs.


colin79666

669 posts

61 months

Sunday 3rd November
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Roads aren't dangerous. It is idiots driving poorly/too fast for conditions that results in collisions.

The Edinburgh Bypass seems to have dropped out the top list, even with Sherrifhall roundabout being like dogems. I suppose you actually have to be moving to have a serious accident and the A720 is so congested at least 12 hours a day for that to be impossible.

Who me ?

6,902 posts

160 months

Monday 4th November
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Edinburger said:
OH-I've been driving the A82 ,from Fort William to Glasgow and Fort William to Inverness for over 50 years.
My trips south were in RWD cars on crosply tyres and average speed ( before the 70 limit) was above that now thought to be "safe"
Similarly , I worked from Fort William to patrol north to service several telecoms sites and I never had problems n a Moggy Minor van.
in rcent yars ,I've seen more safety problems with tourists, who want to drive nose to tailat 40 MPH and take objection to someone wanting to pass thm.
I'd ay the problem on the A82, is not the road, but lackof southern driving standards.


Driver101

6,155 posts

69 months

Tuesday 5th November
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andym1603 said:
Chuck328 said:
Cynical hat on.

When was the A9 'average speed camera'd' 2 years ago???

So average speed cameras do fk all to reduce accidents? scratchchin
The cameras were introduced in 2014 and the only thing they have done is bunch up the traffic as most are too scared to overtake.
The A9 was the most dangerous road prior to the installation of the cameras.

It then ended up the A90 that was the most dangerous road before it got average speed cameras too.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.thescottishsun.co...

As much as I'd love to be left to drive at speeds I was happy the simple fact is far too many people aren't safe enough. Average speed cameras work.

I don't see all this bunching up and too scared to overtake.

I use the A90 a lot and the standard of driving noticeably improved once the cameras went up.




Edited by Driver101 on Tuesday 5th November 00:56

Patrick Bateman

10,894 posts

122 months

Thursday 14th November
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The A90's biggest problem is the crossings and the one reason I don't disagree with the cameras there.

Driver101

6,155 posts

69 months

Thursday 14th November
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Patrick Bateman said:
The A90's biggest problem is the crossings and the one reason I don't disagree with the cameras there.
The amount of locals that think it's the same as a motorway is quite incredible.

They don't grasp how dangerous it is with all the lorries and farm machinery trying to join a 70mph from a standing start.

I'm surprised there is only one 50mph zone.

Driver101

6,155 posts

69 months

Thursday 14th November
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The new AWPR is causing people a lot of trouble. Those big roundabouts are catching loads of people out.

The big signs, distance boards and big thumping yellow on the road don't seem to be a significant enough notice.

STe_rsv4

372 posts

46 months

Friday 15th November
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[quote=Who me ?]
Edinburger said:
OH-I've been driving the A82 ,from Fort William to Glasgow and Fort William to Inverness for over 50 years.
My trips south were in RWD cars on crosply tyres and average speed ( before the 70 limit) was above that now thought to be "safe"
Similarly , I worked from Fort William to patrol north to service several telecoms sites and I never had problems n a Moggy Minor van.
in rcent yars ,I've seen more safety problems with tourists, who want to drive nose to tailat 40 MPH and take objection to someone wanting to pass thm.
I'd ay the problem on the A82, is not the road, but lackof southern driving standards.
The stretch before you reach Fort William from Onich that has been double white lined is a massive PITA. It's been reduced to 50 over the years and yet still people can't even maintain this speed along a relatively simple road which causes frustration overtakes (I.e. Me when on the bike).
You tend to see a lot of foreign plates and camper vans in Scotland since the "birth" of the nc500 which could explain people lack of road knowledge?

Edited by STe_rsv4 on Friday 15th November 06:24

Uggers

1,141 posts

159 months

Friday 15th November
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Scotland's busiest roads have the most accidents.

Money well spent on that report banghead

I spend a lot of time driving from Ayr to Aberdeen on nearly all average speed camera'd roads. From been up high in a Shogun, I'd say 25% of drivers are on their phones.

But it's okay as they are doing the speed limit.....

andym1603

1,599 posts

120 months

Friday 15th November
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STe_rsv4 said:
The stretch before you reach Fort William from Onich that has been double white lined is a massive PITA. It's been reduced to 50 over the years and yet still people can't even maintain this speed along a relatively simple road which causes frustration overtakes (I.e. Me when on the bike).
You tend to see a lot of foreign plates and camper vans in Scotland since the "birth" of the nc500 which could explain people lack of road knowledge?

Edited by STe_rsv4 on Friday 15th November 06:24
The A82 is getting worse. Even at this time of the year you can be following traffic doing no faster than 30mph. This is the stretch from Fort Augustus north. Better off taking the B862.