CONCERNS have been raised about the “extreme speed” of some traffic going by the Staney Hill Hall in Lerwick.
A letter from a member of public about the issue was discussed at a meeting of the town’s community council on Monday night.
Robert Garrick said there was also a concern over the standard of driving.
“Cars come up the hill past the Gremmasgaet junction then accelerate rapidly up the hill like it is a dragstrip,” he wrote.
“The top of the hill is a blind summit, the bus stop at the hall is a busy one and children are frequently crossing the road to the stop.
“At night cars can be heard going up past the Blackhill [industrial] estates on the A970 then a few minutes later they travel at speed back down the road past the hall and are using this as a race track.”
He also said a “large amount” of commercial transport including hazardous goods use the hill going to the industrial areas and the Staney Hill quarry.
The letter writer said he believed HGV traffic was previously advised to use the main A970 and then come down the Ladies Drive road from the quarry end to access these areas.
Shetland Islands Council’s traffic and road safety engineer Colin Gair has now confirmed that counters are set to go up at Ladies Drive in late July/early August to look at speeds in the area.
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