Pe­ti­tion plea af­ter road safety fears

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Res­i­dents on Greenlees Road have started a pe­ti­tion, call­ing for traf­fic calm­ing mea­sures af­ter a se­ries of in­ci­dents on the road.

And the coun­cil con­firmed this week they were re­view­ing the road.

The Re­former re­ported in July that one ac­ci­dent left a car on its roof af­ter crash­ing into a wall.

No one was hurt in the crash but one per­son was charged with care­less driv­ing.

Lo­cals claim another in­ci­dent took place on Septem­ber 23, although the po­lice say they have no record of this.

Or­gan­is­ers of the pe­ti­tion say the latest in­ci­dent vin­di­cates their con­cerns that some­one could be killed on the road.

A spokesper­son said: “How long is this go­ing to go on be­fore some­one is killed or se­ri­ously in­jured, es­pe­cially if a child is go­ing to be in­volved?”

The is­sue at Greenlees Road has been a long-term prob­lem, which res­i­dents say has be­come worse since the open­ing of the M74 ex­ten­sion.

Fig­ures ob­tained by the Re­former from 2010 sug­gested 15 per cent of driv­ers trav­el­ling down the road were do­ing at least 41mph.

The pe­ti­tion reads: “Walk­ing to school with our small chil­dren should not be a dan­ger­ous daily ac­tiv­ity and our friendly lol­lipop ladies should not be putting them­selves at risk Mon­day to Fri­day.

“With the M74 ex­ten­sion now well es­tab­lished and the Trans­port Scot­land web­site di­rect­ing traf­fic to use Greenlees Road, which is a B road, we should take steps to make our road safe for our chil­dren.”

Lo­cals have been in con­tact with Mar­garet Ferrier MP as well as lo­cal coun­cil­lor Wal­ter Bro­gan.

Head of South La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s roads and trans­porta­tion ser­vices Gor­don Mackay said: “The coun­cil con­stantly re­views Po­lice Scot­land ac­ci­dent records to proac­tively iden­tify lo­ca­tions where road safety mea­sures could bring ben­e­fits.

“As a re­sult of this process we are cur­rently re­view­ing this sec­tion of road and should this con­clude that mea­sures are re­quired this will be taken for­ward.”

Crash An in­ci­dent in July left this car on its roof

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