Road safety review call after A698 death

The section of the A698 where last month's collision took place.
The section of the A698 where last month's collision took place.

Assurances are being sought that there will be a road safety review after a woman was killed in a collision on the A698 last month .

Thirty-four-year-old Kirsty Parker, of Denholm, died at the scene of the crash near the Ashybank junction on February 11, and concerns have been expressed over the “history of accidents and near-misses” on that particular section of road.

Councillor Watson McAteer was asked by Denholm CC to approach Scottish Borders Council with a view to having a road safety review carried out.

He said: “The village council was shocked and saddendedto hear of the tragic accident at Ashybank. They asked me to contact the council to ensure this junction was subject to a road safety review, as some councillors were of a view that it had a history of previous accidents and a number of near-misses.

“I have asked council officers to liaise with the police to ensure that a full review is completed once the current investigation has concluded.”

Councillor McAteer added that it was a very fast stretch of road and any action to reduce risks to road users would be welcomed.

A Scottish Borders Council spokesperson said: “Police Scotland undertake detailed accident analysis at the scene of all fatal accidents. In the majority of cases a fatal accident meeting is held with council road safety representatives to discuss any roads related issues and/or causation factors.

“In addition to this, SBC undertake accident cluster analysis across all reported road injury accidents that occur in the region.”

Inspector Richard Latto, from the local road policing unit, said Police Scotland had responsibility for monitoring the roads to ensure motorists are driving appropriately and within the legislation

He added: “Whenever we observe any road traffic offences we will take action as part of our commitment to keep road users safe.

“Responsibility for the implementation of any traffic calming, speed reduction or road safety measures lies with the local authority. However, we will participate in any dialogue with our partner agencies that can support the police priority of casualty reduction on our roads.”