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Road safety campaigners renew pleas for A836 Forss stretch

A campaign group has been launched to improve safety at Caithness accident blackspot.

Locals want action to be taken on the A836 John O’Groats to Thurso road at Forss to tackle speeding and risky overtaking.


The new group is also made up of councillors Matthew Reiss and Struan Mackie; Thurso Community councillors Ron Gunn and Thelma Mackenzie; Caithness West Community Councillor David Craig; and Caithness Roads Recovery co-founder Iain Gregory.


Calls for authorities to act now


Mrs Mackenzie said: “It is now evident that this stretch of the A836 requires immediate speed restrictions for the safety of all.


“With increasing traffic, both locally and with visitors to the NC 500, the safety and well-being of the local residents living beside this part of the A836 must be paramount. It is now time for the authorities to act.”


Mr Reiss has been campaigning for eight years to secure safety improvements on the stretch.


He said: “Police cannot be present all the time so we hope some simple improvements will now be possible, such as double white lines or a lower speed limit.”


As well as a speed cut, the group is calling for double-white lines, chevron boards at the bends, upgraded junction visibility and improved pavements, culverts, drainage, road surfacing and signage.


The new group is directing its plea to Highland Council, Transport Scotland and the Safety Camera Partnership as well seeking support from police, senior management at Dounreay and Vulcan and far north MSP Maree Todd.