Safety Group Supporters
Safety Group Supporters
Sheila Rainger, Head of Campaigns and Policy for the RAC Foundation said:
"Before the A77 Safety Group began its work, the A77 had sadly become better-known for its unacceptable accident toll than its spectacular surroundings and vital role linking South Ayrshire's coastal communities. The innovative work of the A77 Safety Group, including a hard-hitting education campaign, the introduction of average speed cameras, and targeted engineering improvements, has been the driving force behind the positive results road users and local communities are now enjoying.
The RAC Foundation hopes that this unique partnership will become a model for other high-risk routes in Scotland and the UK. All road users should support the Safety Group's work to make the A77 a safer and more reliable route.
"The A77 Safety Group has a pivotal role to play in cutting the risk to all of the road's users. Drawing together the expertise and experience of the bodies involved in this new group will ensure that these measures are implemented quickly and effectively."
AA Motoring Trust
Neil Greig, Head of Policy, AA Motoring Trust, Scotland said:
"The AA Motoring Trust in Scotland strongly supports this multi-agency approach to reducing fatal and serious accidents on the A77. In the long term, engineering improvements will enhance safety but there will always be a need for education and enforcement to curtail the behaviour of the worst drivers. This is particularly important on the Ayr to Stranraer section.
"Bringing together police, media, road safety experts and operating companies means that the group can react very quickly to problems deploying a wide range of measures to protect the motoring public. The AA Trust supports the deployment of safety cameras along the route as similar strategies on the A1 and A90 have led to a substantial decrease in the number of drivers killed.
"There is also a vital role for high quality road maintenance with safety critical signs and markings being kept in peak condition to alert drivers to hazards ahead. The AA Trust hopes that this unique partnership will be able to implement new and innovative ideas as well as established best practise as they seek to renew the image of the A77 as a safe and secure route through one of the most attractive parts of Scotland."
Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce
Bob Leitch, Chief Executive, Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry said:
"We at the Chamber of Commerce welcome this initiative. The A77 is a dangerous and busy road which serves the whole Ayrshire community and any action that will help to develop it and make it safer will be strongly supported by us."
Joyce White of Prestwick Airport said:
"The safety of our passengers is one of our highest priorities. We are supportive of any measure that will assist our passengers travelling to and from the airport in a safe environment."