Installation of A9 average speed cameras delayed until autumn
The Scottish Government is expected to scale back and delay the installation of average speed cameras on the notorious A9 - Scotland's deadliest stretch of roads - until autumn, because of technical issues.
According to the government's original plans, the A9 average speed cameras were to become fully operational in summer this year. However, due to technical problems related to the installation of the cameras, the move has been delayed until October.
Along with the delay, the government's original the £2.5 million project for the installation of A9 cameras has also been scaled back. While the ministers had originally said the cameras would be installed between Inverness and Dunblane, the devices will now be installed only on single carriageway sections between Perth and Inverness.
The government claims that its plans to install A9 average speed cameras underscores an interim safety measure until the road is upgraded to a dual carriageway by 2025. However, opponents to the camera-installation scheme assert that the move will not improve safety on the route.
Highlighting the objective behind the government's plans, a Transport Scotland spokesperson said: "We are working extremely hard to improve safety on the A9 ahead of the £3bn dualling programme, which is one of the largest and most complex transport projects in Scotland's history and we are the first Government to commit to taking this forward."