New signs will help tackle speeding on main routes

ADDITIONAL mobile speed warning signs will help to cut down on speeding in and around Montrose, according to a local councillor.

Angus Council’s strategic policy committee last week approved £40,000 to buy more of the vehicle actuated signs, which will be deployed across the county.

The authority already has a stock of the signs - which flash to warn drivers they are breaking a speed limit - and operate them on a rota basis, covering 27 sites across Angus.

In his report, to members, infrastructure services director Eric Lowson said the use of a rota is considered best practice as it has the “greatest impact” on motorists.

The funds have been allocated from an additional capital allocation of £3.46 million agreed at the council’s budget meeting last month.

Councillor David May this week welcomed the funding, saying the extra signs will help to tackle traffic speed on some speeding hot-spots around the town.

He said: “One of the issues which is regularly raised with me by people in the Montrose area is that of speeding and especially on the roads into the town, namely the Arbroath Road, the Brechin Road, the Marykirk road and Charleton Road.

“Obviously enforcement of the speed limits is key but it has been raised with me that the vehicle actuated or flashing signs do make a difference and in my view they do help to remind drivers on the need to slow down and they do work.

“The allocation £40,000 means that we will have even more signs so that not only will we be able to add more sites to the rota but also allow more frequent rotation of the sites and this should help to have an effect on speeding.”

The changes to the council’s existing rota and the signs’ additional locations will be discussed and agreed with Tayside Police.