MP’s road safety fears

Call for traf­fic calm­ing mea­sures

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glasDougla Dickie

Mar­garet Ferrier MP has called on South La­nark­shire Coun­cil to bring in traf­fic calm­ing mea­sures on Greenlees Road be­fore some­one is killed.

The Ruther­glen and Ham Hamil­ton West MP was speak­ing as it emerged coun­cil chiefs ad­mit­ted that one in six driv­ers were trav­el­ling well above the speed limit to a res­i­dent five years ago.

Doc­u­ments ob­tained by the Re­former from 2010 sug­gest 15 per cent of driver trav­el­ling down the road were do­ing at least 41mph.

The in­for­ma­tion has come to light just two weeks af­ter a col­li­sion on the road saw one car crash through a bus stop and wall af­ter be­ing flipped onto its roof.

The fig­ures were handed over by one lo­cal who asked the coun­cil to take ac­tion be­fore the open­ing of the M74 ex­ten­sion in 2011.

Af­ter a lengthy dis­course, he was told by Colin Park, who was en­gi­neer­ing

man­ager of roads at the time, that the coun­cil mea­sure speeds in terms of the “85th per­centile” or the speed 85 per cent of driv­ers don’t ex­ceed.

The let­ter states this was 41mph for cars head­ing north and 37mph for cars head­ing south.

Mr Parks goes on to say that ac­ci­dent “clus­ters” need to be iden­ti­fied in or­der for road safety im­prove­ments to be “jus­ti­fied.”

He says that there were six ac­ci­dents recorded be­tween 2007 and 2010, but adds: “None of the ac­ci­dents oc­curred in clus­ters at any one spe­cific lo­ca­tion and none of them are speed re­lated and this level of ac­ci­dents is con­sid­ered typ­i­cal for an ur­ban clas­si­fied road ex­ceed­ing two kilo­me­tres in length.”

Even though the data is five years old, the con­cerned res­i­dent, who does not wish to be named, reck­ons it re­mains rel­e­vant: “What this doesn’t tell you is how many ve­hi­cles are break­ing the speed limit – maybe you’d need to take the per­centile down to 60 to get the cars who are ex­ceed­ing 30mph and that means around 40 per cent of cars are break­ing the limit.

“That would in­di­cate the limit is no bar­rier and some­thing needs to be put in place to slow peo­ple down.

“Forty-one mph does not make any sense when the speed limit is 30mph. I wanted to know the fig­ure ex­ceed­ing 30mph through and FoI but they started ask­ing for pay­ment, so I stopped.

“I ac­tu­ally think it will have got a bit worse since then as traf­fic has de­creased on the road. When it was busier peo­ple were forced to slow down, but since the M74 opened it’s been qui­eter.”

Ms Ferrier said this week: “The prob­lem with speed­ing on Greenlees Road is one that needs to be taken se­ri­ously. This is a busy thor­ough­fare, not to men­tion a residential area, and road safety should be para­mount. The dam­age caused by an ac­ci­dent in re­cent weeks was se­vere, and I am amazed, but thank­ful, that no­body was in­jured or killed.

“I hope to see the coun­cil and po­lice take the mat­ter se­ri­ously, and put mea­sures in place to make this road safer. I’ll also be in­ter­ested to see if South La­nark­shire Coun­cil re­view the pro­posed safe walk­ing route for school chil­dren from Half­way and Drum­sagard in light of the most re­cent ac­ci­dent on this dan­ger­ous stretch of road.”

Head of Roads and Trans­porta­tion Gor­don Mackay said: “Fol­low­ing the re­cent in­ci­dent on Greenlees Road, an as­sess­ment of the ac­ci­dent records main­tained by Po­lice Scot­land for the junction of Greenlees Road and Brown­side Road/Vi­car­land Road has been un­der­taken; this found there had been three ac­ci­dents, all re­sult­ing in slight in­jury, within the three-year pe­riod up to the end of May 2015.

“In­ves­ti­ga­tion of the ac­ci­dent de­tails and col­li­sion fac­tors es­tab­lished that there were no com­mon fac­tors link­ing these ac­ci­dents. As such, the in­tro­duc­tion of road safety en­gi­neer­ing mea­sures at this lo­ca­tion can­not be jus­ti­fied at this time.

“With re­spect to the most re­cent ac­ci­dent, I can ad­vise that we have car­ried out ini­tial li­ai­son with the Po­lice in or­der to es­tab­lish the cir­cum­stances in which the ac­ci­dent oc­curred. Once de­tails of this ac­ci­dent are con­firmed, we will give con­sid­er­a­tion to what ac­tion can be taken to ad­dress any is­sues iden­ti­fied.

“Notwith­stand­ing the above, it is ac­cepted that some mo­torists will choose to drive in an in­ap­pro­pri­ate man­ner for the con­di­tions. Con­cerns in re­la­tion to ve­hi­cle speeds should be di­rected to con­tact Po­lice Scot­land us­ing their 101 tele­phone helpline num­ber for non­emer­gency en­quiries or by com­plet­ing the Po­lice Scot­land en­quiry form that is avail­able on their web­site, www. scot­land.po­”

No-one was hurt in the latest in­ci­dent, which took place on July 17, but one per­son has been charged with care­less driv­ing.

Ac­ci­dent The most re­cent in­ci­dent left a car on its roof

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