David Stewart MSP

MSP and Tesco in freight rail talks

01 May 2008

David Stewart, Highlands and Islands MSP, has been in discussion with Tesco over their plans to look at taking lorries off the A9.
Mr Stewart has been taking forward the views of constituents in the Inverness and Badenoch and Strathspey areas about safety dangers from slow-moving vehicles on the main road to the North.
The Highlands and Islands MSP had written to Tesco and to Northern Constabulary calling for action in the short term to encourage lorries to pull over to allow overtaking and in the long term to look at getting freight onto the railways.
“As the speed limit for these lorries is 40mph the Police were concerned there would be an outcry if they were to book lorry drivers for inconsiderate driving.
“ Tesco said they were keen to be a good neighbour,” said Mr Stewart.
“Local people face difficulties on the A9 day in, day out,” said Mr Stewart.
“While most people contacting me support having Tesco in their communities they made a number of useful suggestions on ways to either get the lorries off the road – or make life easier for those using the A9.
“Someone from Newtonmore called for a tightening of the law to force lorries to pull over, others felt that the lorries could safely travel faster than 40mph on a road like the A9.
“I am due to meet Tesco in the near future to discuss progress on using the railway to transport freight to the North.
“This is all about road safety and cutting the appalling collision rate on what has been recently confirmed as the most dangerous road in Scotland.
“In the longer term this freight should be moved to the rail network but in the meantime we must all work towards ending unnecessary delays on the A9 and the adverse effect this has on drivers’ behaviour.”

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June 15, 2008 at 1:42 pm

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