Transport Scotland refused to review Brodie speed limit

Brodie – 50mph limit disputed

Residents in a Moray village have been left to face what they say is a dangerous situation after appeals to change the speed limit through their community were rejected.

People living in Brodie felt that the current 50mph limit on the main A96 Aberdeen to Inverness road was inappropriate for their village, with homes straddling the busy route.

They also insist that their village should be treated in the same way as nearby Alves, where similar conditions see a road speed limit of 40mph imposed.

However, in an official response to their appeal Transport Scotland have said that the current limit is deemed appropriate for the road and conditions, claiming that it was in line with attempts to make speed limits on trunk roads throughout Scotland “consistent”.

Fears that the limit on the road was too high  were further sparked earlier last year when a 92-year-old lady on holiday in the area was knocked down and killed on the road close to the Old Mill Inn.

In their response to appeals to reduce the speed limit, a Transport Scotland statement said: “The section (of the A96) at Brodie was given special consideration due to the character of the road and the review concluded that the 50mph speed limit was appropriate and consistent with similar sections on the trunk road network.”

The owner of the Old Mill Inn, Kevin Edwards, disagreed, saying: “You look at Alves and that’s 40mph, Elgin is 30mph and Nairn is 30mph. It is not as though we have a bypass – there was a three car shunt on the road here just a few months ago.”