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Father's Alness pedestrian crossing campaign wins backing of Holyrood hopeful


By Louise Glen

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Molly Nolan at Novar Road in Alness where there is a campaign to have a pedestrian crossing...Picture: Gary Anthony..
Molly Nolan at Novar Road in Alness where there is a campaign to have a pedestrian crossing...Picture: Gary Anthony..

AN Easter Ross dad’s bid to secure a pedestrian crossing on a road used by hundreds of children has been backed by a parliamentary hopeful.

Russell Williamson, himself the survivor of a bad car accident several years ago, flagged his concerns about the crossing at Novar Road on the B817 in Alness, when his son George started attending the local Ankerville Nursery.

He says children and elderly people are particularly vulnerable and warns that people “take their life in their hands” crossing it at busy times.

His campaign has been backed by Molly Nolan, of nearby Evanton, who is a Ross-shire Holyrood hopeful for the Lib Dems.

She believes the danger for pedestrians is compounded by the area being outwith the town’s 20mph zone, which she would like to see extended, along with traffic- calming measures and a pedestrian crossing.

Launching a petition and calling for action, she said: “It is my understanding that this critical issue has been raised repeatedly with no resolution. The current situation is unsafe and cannot continue.”

Concerns about a road crossing which local Alness man Russell Williamson believes needs a pelican crossing or traffic lights,..Picture: Callum Mackay..
Concerns about a road crossing which local Alness man Russell Williamson believes needs a pelican crossing or traffic lights,..Picture: Callum Mackay..

Councillor Mike Finlayson (Cromarty Firth) said he was supportive as long as the plan meets the current legislation for the siting of a crossing. He has asked the Highland Council road safety team to make a full assessment of the area.

The petition can be found at www.mollynolan.uk/alness

Related: Alness father campaigns for crossing on busy route



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