Proposal to extend 30mph limit

THE REDUCED speed limit on the north side of Montrose is set to be extended to tackle the number of speeding drivers entering and leaving the town.

At its meeting on Tuesday, Angus Council’s infrastructure services committee was recommended to approve extending the 30mph limit on Charleton Road by more than 500 feet after a series of complaints from residents and local councillors.

Although these mainly regarded the speed of southbound traffic, in his report to the committee infrastructure services, director Eric Lowson said the problem lay with drivers heading in the opposite direction.

The proposal has been put forward following traffic surveys carried out by the authority’s roads department in March and April.

He said: “Concerns were raised over the speed of vehicles travelling south into the 30mph section of the A92, the speed of vehicles travelling north exiting Montrose and the conflict with vehicles attempting to turn left into Charleton Place from Charleton Road.

“The results of the survey carried out in March show that the average speed of vehicles travelling south at Charleton Park was 32.1mph and the 85th percentile (the speed at or below which 85 per cent of vehicles were travelling) was 37.2mph.

“The results of the survey carried out in April show that the average speed of vehicles travelling north was 34.7mph and the 85th percentile speed was 41.1mph.”

Following discussion by the Traffic Co-ordination Group forum and a site visit with Tayside Police, it was agreed that extending the 30mph zone would make it easier for vehicles to turn into Charleton Place and slow down traffic.

The move was welcomed this week by Councillor Paul Valentine.

He said: “I’ve no problem with the speed limit being put further out provided people are going to stick to it. It’s something we’ll have to keep an eye on but people should be aware it’s being done for safety reasons. We don’t want to see any injuries, or worse, as a result of speeding traffic.”