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Posted by
2652 posts

from what I have read it is nothing about the Tomb but the road crossing from the visitor center .Must admit never thought it was that dangerous when I was there.

Posted by
1068 posts

I must agree, crossing the road certainly didn't seem dangerous to me. It is an awe-inspiring site and I hope they fix the issue soon.

Posted by
277 posts

Oh dear, this is a shame. I suppose it might depend upon your definition of "busy".

In comparison to Princes Street then I'd say it isn't busy and there should be no problems. However living in a tourist area I've seen how some people pay no heed to their surroundings and any approaching traffic when they are here.

Maes Howe is fascinating and I hope this situation can be resolved quickly.

Posted by
1014 posts

That would be a great shame. Hope they find a solution soon. Maybe a stoplight?

Posted by
5678 posts

Good grief! Hire a crossing guard and be done with it. Or put in a stop sign. When I compare the traffic that we deal with in NYC around the 9/11 Memorial with the traffic on Orkney at Maeshowe I have to laugh.. This is "Health and Safety" run mad.

Pam

Posted by
824 posts

Boy, I didn't mean to start such a controversy... :) Of course, it might not be such a 'safety and health hazard' if it weren't visited by so many people not used to driving on the left (wrong) side of the road or crossing a road where traffic drives on the left (wrong) side versus the right (right) side. (I couldn't resist...) Cheers.

Posted by
2652 posts

I think the main problem might be when they get Tour Buses visiting the site, the folk just wander across the road following like sheep usually talking or trying to take photos paying no attention whatsoever and with no concern for their own safety. I see it a lot in my own city of Edinburgh and am amazed that there are not more accidents than there are in the city.

Posted by
1068 posts

Well an interesting thought about people not looking before they cross the road. I have certainly seen that. It is dangerous enough to cross streets when you are not used to "common customs" (such as crossing a street in India) or not looking the right way, that I have become pretty cautious. Of course, now I've got to train myself to look out for bicycles!