Safety worry

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Edel Ke­nealy

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.

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