Call for council to take a look at dangerous road in Lerwick

A dog walker had a lucky escape when a car mounted the pavement and smashed into a garden fence.

Lorna Hughson was out with her pet, Blaney, on Tuesday evening when the crash occurred.

Lorna Hughson and her dog Blaney by the damaged fence. Photo: Stephen Gordon

Ms Hughson, who stays on the Old North Road, believes that if she had not stopped to talk to a neighbour she would have been left with “broken legs or something worse”.

She said the accident happened when a young driver failed to negotiate the junction with Gremista Brae.

The main problem, she said, was the narrowness of the junction, which also has a blind spot for motorists turning left into the Old North Road. She said it could easily be widened and she suggested “one of those smiley faces signs to slow traffic down”.

It is not the first time the fence has been flattened – owner Gordon Peterson said he has “had to foot the bill multiple times”. Ms Hughson said she could remember five previous occasions.

No one was injured in Tuesday’s incident and the driver’s grandfather is fixing the fence.

When asked about previous crashes Gordon said: “A lot of it is down to speed.”

SIC communications officer Bob Kerr said: “We regularly review accident statistics to identify any location which could potentially benefit from remedial works to prevent further accidents.

“There are currently no plans to carry out any improvements at this junction. If you wish to discuss this further, our traffic engineer can discuss this with you later in the month when he has returned from annual leave.”

by Eldon Wigram


Add Your Comment
  • john ridland

    • July 8th, 2017 12:50

    Dangerous Road….????? More like dangerous driver…!


Add Your Comment

Please note, it is the policy of The Shetland Times to publish comments and letters from named individuals only. Both forename and surname are required.

Comments are moderated. Contributors must observe normal standards of decency and tolerance for the opinions of others.

The views expressed are those of contributors and not of The Shetland Times.

The Shetland Times reserves the right to decline or remove any contribution without notice or stating reason.

Comments are limited to 200 words but please email longer articles or letters to for consideration and include a daytime telephone number and your address. If emailing information in confidence please put "Not for publication" in both the subject line and at the top of the main message.

200 words left

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Get Latest News in Your Inbox

Join the The Shetland Times mailing list to get one daily email update at midday on what's happening in Shetland.