A82 Argyll Avenue Pedestrian Crossing
On behalf of Transport Scotland, and following consultation with the local community, Scotland TranServ will install a new pedestrian crossing over the A82 adjacent to Argyll Avenue in Dumbarton.
In what will be a first for West Dunbartonshire, the crossing will include innovative Neatebox technology, connecting the call button to a smartphone app. The ‘Button’ software application which activates the crossing is used widely by visually and mobility impaired pedestrians across the south west Scotland network.
Jane Maclennan, Scotland TranServ’s Road Safety Engineer said:
“We have been working closely with the local community in the development and design of this new crossing. This is an extremely busy route through Dumbarton, connecting Stirlingshire and Loch Lomond to Glasgow and the Central Belt. As well as the neighbouring Police Station, there are also primary and secondary schools nearby. This is an essential project, which we are confident will deliver long-term road safety benefits.
“The award-winning Neatebox technology is helping to create new opportunities for vulnerable pedestrians. Through our Largs pilot project in particular, on behalf of Transport Scotland, TranServ has set a new agenda in universal and safe access for the visually and mobility impaired, including the elderly. Neatebox is bridging these barriers and levelling the playing field, improving access to employment, social and community opportunities.”
Scotland TranServ has already installed Neatebox technology on crossings in West Kilbride, Largs and Locharbriggs outside Dumfries. The ‘Button’ app is available for download on both Apple and android devices.
In order to install this innovative crossing, Scotland TranServ will need to implement a series of overnight lane closures on the A82 from Monday the 16th until Thursday the 26th of March. Dependent on vehicle volumes, traffic management will be installed at 8pm each evening and lifted by 6am the following morning.
Local residents are advised that there will be a noise element while these works are carried out. Drivers are asked to allow some extra time for their journeys. Live trunk road updates are available by visiting trafficscotland.org or by following @trafficscotland on Twitter.