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Bosses to highlight road safety after speeding through Forss raised at meeting of Dounreay Stakeholder Group

By Iain Grant

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Councillor Matthew Reiss has spearheaded a campaign to improve road safety in the area.
Councillor Matthew Reiss has spearheaded a campaign to improve road safety in the area.

Bosses at Dounreay and Vulcan are joining forces in a renewed bid to tackle a speeding hotspot on the A836.

Residents of Forss have for many years complained that the road through their village has been used like a racetrack by nuclear workers returning home from a shift.

A campaign to improve safety at the long straight through the village has been spearheaded by local Highland Councillor Matthew Reiss.

The former area police inspector went on the warpath again when he raised the issue at Wednesday evening's meeting of Dounreay Stakeholder Group (DSG).

Speaking in the wake of a recent accident there, he said action is long overdue to target the serial speedsters.

He said: "There's a distinct impression in the local area that traffic returning from the sites in mid-afternoon includes a tiny minority who misbehave."

Councillor Reiss said attempts to secure a cut in the speed limit and 'no overtaking' lines had so far come to naught.

An approach to have police speed camera van patrols had also been knocked back.

Vulcan programme manager Wendy Newton said she travels on the road on a daily basis and can appreciate the concerns of local people.

"Some of the overtaking I've seen there has terrified me, to be honest," she said.

Mrs Newton said she would speak with safety leads at the MoD site and ask that the issue is highlighted at upcoming driving safety and speed awareness initiatives.

Dounreay head of communications Gail Ross said she was aware speeding at Forss has been a long-running concern of local people.

She said it could be raised at a road safety module being run by site licence company DSRL next month.

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