Police criticised for Cardrona crash backroad bungle
Alan Ferguson • Published 24 Sep 2012 07:30 0 Comments
PEEBLESSHIRE police have been criticised for the B-road-bungle between Peebles and Cardrona earlier this month.
After an accident involving a motorbike and van colliding on Wednesday, September 5, at 5.30pm the A72 was closed til about 10pm.
Unmoderated traffic was funnelled down the B759 at Cardrona, which runs from Innerleithen to Peebles.
As a result HGVs, lorries, buses and trucks became stuck when attempting to squeeze through the narrow road, bringing the entire four mile stretch stand-still.
And concerns were raised at the Peebles Community Council meeting last Thursday.
Tweeddale West councillor Catriona Bhatia told the Peeblesshire News: "There wasn't enough traffic control going down the B759 - so we had lorries, trucks and other HGVs going down it which blocked it. And that could have been avoided if there were more police on duty.
"I went down it and the 62 bus was coming through it - so it was only a matter of time before something happened, because the road is not wide enough.
"The police need to review their plans to see how they can prevent that. Because if there had been an incident or emergency somewhere else, how could they have got to it?"
She added: "I know people who had horses in a trailer and got stuck along the backroad for hours - so animal welfare issues can come into play here as well as simple human welfare, for being stuck in traffic for hours."
This article appeared in Peeblesshire News 21 Sep 12
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