Moray MP welcomes willingness to look at speed limit outside Alves school

Moray MP Douglas Ross has welcomed confirmation from Transport Scotland that they will look at reducing the speed limit outside Alves School to 20 miles per hour when pupils go to and from the school. Douglas contacted the Trunk Road operator after parents and local residents raised concerns about the speed of traffic through the village and the fact that a number of pupils at the primary school have to cross the A96 to get to school.

Commenting Douglas said: “I highlighted concerns raised with me by constituents who are very worried about the safety of children and pedestrians in Alves due to the speed of traffic through the village.

“Concerns about traffic and speeding vehicles is something that has been raised on many occasions by people living in the village, so I’m encouraged that following my letter to them, Transport Scotland are taking the matter seriously.

“They have asked BEAR to look into the feasibility of installing a part-time 20 mph limit near the primary school, as well as assessing whether the current pedestrian facilities are adequate.

“While this will not alleviate all of the concerns that have been raised with me, it is a step in the right direction. I hope BEAR Scotland will look into this as soon as possible as there is a real risk someone could be hurt if nothing is done. Parents and residents are getting increasingly concerned so hopefully this response will reassure them the matter is being considered and it is something I will continue to highlight until pupils and residents feel safe crossing this stretch of the A96.”