A9 safety plan after mum and daughter killed

Abigail Houston and daughter Mia were killed on the A9 this month. Picture: Dan Phillips
Abigail Houston and daughter Mia were killed on the A9 this month. Picture: Dan Phillips
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AVERAGE speed cameras are to be installed on a stretch of road that claimed the lives of an Edinburgh mum and daughter earlier this month.

Installation of the £2.5m system along the notorious A9 linking Perth to Inverness was revealed by Transport Minister Keith Brown this morning.

It is only the second system of its kind in Scotland. The other one is on the A77 in 
Ayrshire. Cameras will be stationed on a 136-mile section of the A9 from just north of Keir Roundabout, near Dunblane, to just south of Raigmore 
Interchange, Inverness.

Drivers will be tracked along the killer stretch by the cameras, which will calculate their average speed. Those caught speeding will face a minimum fine of £60 and three penalty points added to their licence.

A national speed limit of 60mph applies on the route where the road is single 
carriageway. The camera network is expected to go live next 
summer.

The announcement comes almost three weeks after Abigail Houston, 42, and seven-year-old Mia, from Trinity, died at the scene when their family car collided head-on with a Jeep Cherokee 4X4 between Newtonmore and 
Kingussie.

Police confirmed last night that father Andrew, a solicitor advocate at McSporrans legal firm, had been discharged from Raigmore Hospital, Inverness.

The couple’s other daughter, Lily, remains in hospital, but is understood to be in a stable condition.

Transport Scotland stressed the speed cameras were being introduced following careful consideration of views raised by the A9 Safety Group over the past year – not purely because of the horror crash on July 8.

Mr Brown said: “While the Scottish Government believes that dualling will be the long-term solution to the safety issues on the A9 – we are the first administration committed to making the road dual carriageway all the way from Perth to Inverness a reality – we also want to make the immediate improvements that will bring positive changes to driver behaviour.

“Average speed cameras systems have a proven track record of reducing casualties and excessive speed and their high visibility leads to better compliance of the speed limit.”

Fatal accidents have plummeted by 46 per cent on the A77 since the same system was installed. Transport Scotland will pay for introducing the new cameras.

The Government has pledged to start upgrading the A9 to a dual carriageway from 2015-16.

Two-way traffic signs and improved safety barriers are among other safety measures put in since 2007.