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Langtoftlad

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Whoever promoted the NC500 as a "thing" should be made to put in the necessary infrastructure to cope with the extra visitors*... for it was they who anticipated all the extra tourist income, obviously without due regard to the 'costs'.

"Actions have consequences"



*pipe-dream obviously
 

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Words fail me......

The NC500 has been a victim of it's own success with less money coming in than the cost of road repairs.

Anyone who needs to use my drive in an emergency would be much more than welcome with anything I possess available to help if necessary.

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If they couldn't pass it, they couldn't pass it. What are they to do? No excuse for rudeness or impatience though.


I'm pretty sure they should have been able to reverse to somewhere there was room for the vehicles to pass though. I know that as a woman I am used to going backwards (dancing reference there) but I can reverse several miles (and have done) when necessary (up and down hills in snow - only a single vehicle width cleared) to allow an ambulance through) If I can't reverse a vehicle I shouldn't be driving it forwards. Had I known there was an ambulance I would have waited at the road end and stopped other traffic had there been any or found a different route.

I agree no need for rudeness.
 
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Must be a bit tight to pass if you’ve got “cruise liners” on the country roads....:LOL:

“With NC500 predicated to be busier this year and with the number of cruise liners increasing significantly, this is a problem throughout the Highlands and it merits a multi-agency discussion on how best to educate visitors to our fair land, and provide support for our hard working public employee.
 

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Must be a bit tight to pass if you’ve got “cruise liners” on the country roads....:LOL:

“With NC500 predicated to be busier this year and with the number of cruise liners increasing significantly, this is a problem throughout the Highlands and it merits a multi-agency discussion on how best to educate visitors to our fair land, and provide support for our hard working public employee.

As you well know they are referring to the coaches carrying parties of passengers from the cruise liners!

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Original article November 2017 mate.. been rehashed methinks

The article was written and published today about an incident that happened New Years Day, 4 days ago. The Nov 17 references are 'author padding' looking back at similar incidents.
 
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Just need to build a motorway around the route, that will sort it.:)
 

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The article was written and published today about an incident that happened New Years Day, 4 days ago. The Nov 17 references are 'author padding' looking back at similar incidents.
Bugger.. I thought I was being so clever too :blush:

Apologiserings to @Puddleduck, @bilM and others

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Northernraider

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It's another sensationalist story again giving just enough info to stir opinions. The ambulance was already at it's destination, there was no emergency to hospital required , it wasn't blocked by the motorhome. The motorhome could not pass the ambulance not the other way round.
The locals in that area are sick of the extra traffic created by the over advertised nc500 therefore they love opportunities like this to complain. if they aren't financially enhanced by it they are against it ....which is understandable. In this case the driver wasn't confident enough to pass , would have made no difference had it been a lorry or a large van....who knows maybe it was his first time driving a large vehicle. .it happens.

As always there's 2 sides to every story but reporting the true facts with both sides and supported by a bit more evidence would not sell the paper or get the desired reaction.
 
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it is an offence to block the progress of any emergency vehicle or deliberately slow its progress when on a emergency call is it not or am I wrong
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it is an offence to block the progress of any emergency vehicle or deliberately slow its progress when on a emergency call is it not or am I wrong
bill
On this occasion bill the ambulance was parked outside a house and a motorhome could not pass it. Not the other way round.

It then created a tailback as the driver couldn't pass the ambulance and couldn't reverse ( probably due to the line of cars behind him )
 

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NC 500 is best avoided in a motorhome, a victim of it's own success.
Go during the winter when all the vans rented by people who have never driven one aren't around. I personally think it would be extra special with a bit of snow on the mountains.
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On this occasion bill the ambulance was parked outside a house and a motorhome could not pass it. Not the other way round.

It then created a tailback as the driver couldn't pass the ambulance and couldn't reverse ( probably due to the line of cars behind him )
They were totally out of order any way verbally abusing the emergency crew were they in a hurry there on holiday put the kettle on and have a cuppa or learn to drive there van I am sure they could have got past
there twats
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Go during the winter when all the vans rented by people who have never driven one aren't around. I personally think it would be extra special with a bit of snow on the mountains.
John
This is something I'm considering doing, Having toured Scotland on a motorbike many years ago (before the NC 500 was invented) I would love to go again in our moho.

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They were totally out of order any way verbally abusing the emergency crew were they in a hurry there on holiday put the kettle on and have a cuppa or learn to drive there van I am sure they could have got past
there twats
bill
I totally agree with you if they did verbally abuse them. My problem with that story is there's no statement from the ambulance crew saying they did the only quote is from a resident neighbour. Like I said journalists report stories in a way to wind folk up.

Bare in mind here my dad was a paramedic for 12 years , my mother a matron for over 20 and my sister is the paediatric epilepsy nurse specialist for Scotland so I have zero respect for people who abuse nhs staff.

But I also have zero respect for rag reporters who just love to write these stories cleverly worded and lacking factual evidence.
 

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61 this year, been around the world a couple of times but still never visited Scotland. I need to address that, but I think not on the NC500
It's a beautiful part of the country and the nc500 actually misses out a lot of the best bits. Worst thing they ever did giving it that stupid name. The West coast and the islands are gorgeous.
 

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Other than the initial post..... Which is disgusting behaviour.

The high volume of traffic is also having an effect on the condition of the roads.

It is estimated the popular 516-mile loop around the north coast of Scotland, starting and finishing in Inverness, generated an additional £9 million to the economy in 2016, attracting an extra 29,000 visitors to the area.

A Highland Council spokesman said it has committed £9.7m to undertake road repairs this financial year, £2.5m more than the previous year.

Maybe the Highland Council and tourist board should have thought about that BEFORE promoting the route.
What did they expect... A few family cars having a day out.
They can't have it both ways.
 

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Worst thing they ever did giving it that stupid name. .

I did "The Wild Atlantic Way" on two wheels last year. Just a coast road really and parts not on the coast. Just a sales gimmick for tourists. It was working too, loads of people, motorhomes and they definitely knew how to charge for food and drink.

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