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Isle of Man TT scoreboard plan announced for 2015 event

TT score board Image copyright TT
Image caption Riders can reach speeds touching 200mph on Glencrutchery Road

A protective barrier will be built around the Isle of Man TT scoreboard for this year's event, said organisers.

The measure, to protect scouts who operate the board in the event of a collision, was recommended after an annual safety review.

Clerk of the course Gary Thompson carried out the risk assessment at the Festival of Motorcycling in August last year.

Riders can reach speeds touching 200mph on the TT start/finish straight.

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Image caption Scouts have worked the scoreboard at the TT races for more than 100 years

The iconic scoreboard, which sits on Glencrutchery Road opposite the TT grandstand, has been updated by Isle of Man scouts for over a century.

Mr Thompson said "existing protection is simply no longer viable".

He said: "We have a duty of care to ensure that this area is properly protected.

"The risk assessment identified the need for a barrier to protect scouts not only in the event of a collision but also in case of debris in the event of an accident."

Past and present TT riders were consulted during the safety review which took into account the notable increase of speeds through the grandstand section.

The fencing, which is already use at several Formula 1 circuits, will be installed on 18 May.

The Department of Economic Development will fund the £27,000 project.

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Image caption The new barrier will also be in place for this year's Festival of Motorcycling

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