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July 14th 1879

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Traffic Management

If you should think that the traffic on Perth Bridge moves slowly or that the traffic lights take an inordinate time to turn green, just remember that it could be worse, that it was indeed far worse in 1879.

Under the Locomotives Amendment Act (Scotland) 1878 the road authorities of the Burgh of Perth passed the following bye-law: “Be it enacted that no locomotive shall pass upon or over Perth Bridge between the hours of 10am and 3pm and that at other times the person in charge of such locomotives shall send a man with a red flag to the opposite end of the bridge from that on which he is to enter, warning all persons concerned of the approach of the locomotive before it shall go upon the bridge.” 

The penalty for breaching the bye-law was to be £5 for each offence.

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