...what about the roundabout? It looks as though the outer edge of the roundabout on the Industrial Estate side of the A96 on the easter approach to the town is giving way again. It doesn't look so bad as it was last time (yet) but take care up there. Worries about this roundabout were recently aired on the front page of the Nairnshire Telegraph. Now one of our regular readers Dave W writes to the Gurn:
"The roundabout is suffering the same problem as it did a few weeks ago with the kerb stones around the drain on the Balmakeith side have collapsed again.
Also a kerb stone on the Sainsbury’s side is also broken.
A roundabout that is too small for the heavy traffic that has to drive over the kerbing as there is nowhere else to go. Either a full size roundabout with a FULL 2 lane approach on both sides on the A96 or, dare I say it, traffic lights would be a better solution. The current “economy size” roundabout for such a high volume of traffic with its narrow approaches is not particularly dangerous but near misses happen everyday !
I go through this roundabout 4 times a day and approx.. 25% of the time cars are positioned incorrectly on the approaches and the arrows on the ground are totally ignored. The car drivers are being lazy as the “path of least resistance” is easier and the van and lorry drivers have no choice but to straddle the so called 2 “lanes” as it’s too narrow.
I’m sure I’ll never see a Nairn by-pass in my lifetime but one can only hope the design and build quality is better than the Sainsbury’s roundabout! "