Anger over 20mph decision

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Anger has been voiced that the villages of Springholm and Crocketford have been omitted from a pilot scheme to impose 20mph limits on some trunk roads.

Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown said he regretted that the villages had not been included in the initiative.

The Scottish government announced on Monday, December 16, that five communities will pilot the 20mph speed limit zones, designed to improve road safety. One of the five pilot areas is Langholm but Springholm and Crocketford, which local people had hoped would be among the pilot areas, are not on the list.

Mr Brown said: “Local residents from Springholm who have contacted me wanted to see a 20mph zone introduced on the A75 going through the village, so they will be bitterly disappointed that the Scottish government has ruled out both Springholm and Crocketford from the pilot scheme.

“These will soon be the only parts of the A75 not bypassed but it seems that the Scottish government have no plans to deal with the impact of growing traffic levels on these villages.

“The question the Scottish government needs to answer is, if you are ruling out this suggestion, just what do you propose to do to manage the traffic issues for these villages? This isn’t only about the excessive speed that lorries travel through the villages, it is also about the environment that people are living in with speeding HGVs causing noise pollution, as well as vibration.”