Parents in a Cambuslang community are calling for traffic calming measures before someone is killed on a main road.
Residents living near Westburn Road say the volume and speed of traffic prevents people from crossing.
A pedestrian crossing must be installed on Westburn Road before someone is killed, people living in the area have stated.
Westburn residents have launched a campaign calling for a safe crossing on the busy thoroughfare, arguing the young and elderly are marooned on either side of the road.
The campaign is being led by Westburn Youth Project who say the volume and speed of traffic prevents people from crossing.
Karen Crooks, a mother and leader at Westburn Youth Project, said the volume of traffic on Westburn Road has increased with the number of new-build homes in the area and the M74 extension.
“Somebody is going to be killed on that road,” Karen said.
“There is not a single safe place to cross for people going to the shop, park or school. I cannot and will not allow my 10-year-old twin daughters to go to the park or the shops without an adult being there to safely cross them over.
“We at the youth project urge parents not to allow their children to cross the road, we are really, really worried.
“Residents are having to stop the traffic so old people can cross. People are taking their lives in their hands.”
Karen added: “South Lanarkshire Council have stated there have been no fatalities in the last few years on Westburn Road so there is no need for a crossing. However over the last 35 years there have been at least three deaths and numerous near misses.
“I’m not prepared to sit back and wait until someone dies so South Lanarkshire Council are satisfied a crossing is necessary.”
Taking ownership of the campaign, young people and families in Westburn have protested at the speed motorists are driving through their community and donned a number of large signs, urging people to be more responsible.
Gordon Mackay, head of South Lanarkshire Council’s roads and transportation services, said: “Following similar requests over the last two years we have investigated two locations for pedestrian crossings on Westburn Road, one near Dunlop Street and the other near Newton Avenue.
“Both locations fell well below the threshold value to justify a pedestrian crossing and even with anticipated additional traffic associated with nearby developments or traffic diverted as a result of the M74 works the criteria is not expected to be met.
“We have also investigated the number of accidents over the last three years; however, given only one slight injury accident has occurred over this three- year period, the provision of traffic calming could not be justified.
“Speed surveys have also been undertaken as recently as February this year at three locations on Westburn Road. The results did not indicate a speeding problem; however, we have made Police Scotland, who are responsible for speed enforcement, aware of local concerns.”
Youth Children from Westburn Youth Project are at the heart of the campaign to get a pedestrian crossing installed on Westburn Road.