Drivers urged to go slow in Skye and Lochalsh

Motorists in Skye and Lochalsh area are being warned that permanent 20mph speed restrictions will be introduced this term at another four schools in the area, for children’s safety.
The new speed limits will come into force at Auchtertyre, Kyle, Kyleakin and Portree Primary schools from Monday 28th August 2006. This addition brings the total number of schools benefiting from new speed limits in the Skye and Lochalsh area to 6 and in Highland to 72 at present.
Motorists are reminded that if they speed in the vicinity of Highland schools then the penalties will be tough. The Highland Council, Northern Constabulary and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (Highlands and Islands Area) are clear that if motorists are caught speeding near Highland schools where a 20mph limit is in place, then robust enforcement action will be taken by both the Police and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.

The new 20mph speed limits will come into affect on the following roads at each school:

· Kyleakin Primary on Achmore Court – Achmore Road; Olaf Road (from its junction with Achmore Road to its junction with King Street at the King’s Arms Hotel); Link Road between numbers 6 and 8 Kyleside; the U131 un-named road between number 1 Kyleside and King’s Arms Hotel; and King Street.

· Portree Primary on Blaven Road; Glamaig Place; Tianavaig Place; Carn Dearg Place; Marsco Place; Cruachan Place; Stormyhill Road; Fraser Crescent; Kitson Crescent; Balmoral Road; Windsor Crescent; York Drive; Martin Crescent; and Coolin Drive. In order to control vehicle speeds, speed cushions will also be installed on Blaven Road and Stormy Hill Road.

· Kyle of Lochalsh Primary on School Road; Mackenzie Place; and Wemyss Place.

· Auchtertyre Primary on Village Loop Road.

The other schools in Skye and Lochalsh Area with 20mph speed restrictions are: Plockton, and Uig Primaries.
For further information about the 20mph programme please contact:  Murdo MacLeod, The Highland Council, Traffic Technician, Ardross House, 3 Ardross Terrace, INVERNESS 1V3 5NQ Tel 01463 702691



23 Aug 2006