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Brace of options put forward to finally resolve Arbroath crossing saga

Keptie Street at its junction with Helen Street looking towards the preferred location option
Keptie Street at its junction with Helen Street looking towards the preferred location option

Consultation is under way over options for the resolution of a 12-year pedestrian crossing saga on a busy Arbroath street.

Angus Council transport bosses have come up with two options for a crossing on Keptie Street, the scene of tragedy in 2016 when a pensioner suffered fatal injuries after being struck by a van close to the junction with Helen Street.

The fatality happened around a decade after the authority halted work on a lights controlled crossing a short distance away.

Earlier this year, the green light had also been given to a planned £45,000 crossing near the scene of the accident which claimed the life of the 81-year-old, but a petition launched by the Keptie Bakery led councillors back to the drawing board.

Residents and businesses in the area are now being asked for their favoured location from two, both of which will impact on on-street parking in the area.

“Previous road safety examinations made minor alterations, and there have been ongoing concerns expressed from users, a fatal accident and one slight injury accident involving pedestrians on Keptie Street within the 100 metre survey area,” said the council.

The first location, between Helen Street and Garden Street, is said to offer the advantage of direct crossing from shops on either side of the street.

That site would lead to the loss of five parking spaces and the displacement of loading/unloading for businesses.

The second location, between Garden Street and Lochlands Street, would see the loss of 16 parking spaces and has what officials say is reduced visibility for westbound traffic. It would require a bus stop on Keptie Street to be moved further away from Helen Street and Gowan Street.

Officials had also been asked to consult with residents of the local sheltered housing and organisations including Guide Dogs Scotland as part of the exercise.

The consultation form offers respondents the chance to reject both the suggested location and make their own comments on the situation.

The consultation adds: “Both standalone signal controlled crossings meet current standards and guidance.

“However, it should be noted that location two has reduced visibility and is located out with the current desire line of pedestrians.

“Due to the location of various junctions and accesses on Keptie Street these are the only locations within the vicinity of Garden Street that meet the current standards and guidance for a signal controlled crossing.”

Responses must be submitted to the council by Friday November 9.

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