David Stewart MSP

MSP seeks more Information on A9 Casualty Rate

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Highlands and Islands Regional Labour MSP David Stewart has tabled a further parliamentary question on the A9’s accident statistics. Last month the North MSP tabled several parliamentary questions on the A9 querying accident rates and details of plans and upgrades for improvements to the road. Mr Stewart, who has just been appointed a member of the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee commented,“I have now received the response from the Transport Minister to my original question.“Unfortunately it lacks detail, although the information provided by the Minister does show that the accident rate on the A9, within the Highland Council area, is generally lower than the Scottish average for such roads.“On the non dual carriageway section of the A9 between Inverness and Perth the accident rate was less than half the Scottish average for the period 2004-06. “The A9 has an appalling history in terms of serious injuries and fatal accidents.

“Since 1999 eighty fatalities have occurred, eleven last year.

“This represents a horrendous catalogue of human suffering and grief and also considerable expenditure to the country in terms of hospital treatment, insurance claims and justice system costs.

“Road collisions can be reduced by decent roads; hence motorways, followed by dual carriageways are the safest roads to travel on.

“I have tabled a further question to the Executive asking how the statistics provided by the Transport Minister compare with accident rates on other major trunk roads in Scotland, and what the respective statistics are for serious injuries and fatalities on these roads in the last five years.

“We need to establish clearly what is happening on the A9 in the Highland area.

“Traffic volumes, road and junction layouts all have an affect on accident figures.”

Mr Stewart added, “The A9 is the main artery to the North.

“As our economy continues to develop its importance grows both in terms of business opportunities, tourism and social mobility.

“Few would argue that the present road is fit for purpose and although the new executive has committed to dualling the A9, to date, they are very short on detail.

“I hope the answer to my current parliamentary question on this issue will provide more information on the collisions, which happen all too often on this road, and increase the pressure on the Executive to take prompt action to initiate a meaningful programme of improvements.”

David Stewart’s Parliamentary Question

To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-259, by Stewart Stevenson on 11 June 2007, how these statistics compare with accident rates on other major trunk roads in Scotland, and what the respective statistics are for serious injuries and fatalities on these roads in the last five years.

14 June 2007

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