Rutherglen Reformer - - Your Vote Matters - Edel Ke­nealy

Al­most half of the cars trav­el­ling on Ruther­glen’s Rich­mond Drive ev­ery week day are speed­ing, as the vol­ume of traf­fic on the res­i­den­tial street rock­ets.

A re­cent traf­fic sur­vey shows in ex­cess of 4000 cars travel along the street Mon­day to Fri­day in a bid to get to the M74 and Stonelaw High School.

On av­er­age 1764, 44 per cent, of those cars are break­ing the 30mph speed limit.

But South La­nark­shire Coun­cil says no traf­fic mea­sures are re­quired be­cause the av­er­age speed of 32.8mph is not “ex­ces­sive”.

Re­sults of the traf­fic sur­vey, car­ried by the coun­cil, also show the vol­ume of traf­fic has in­creased sub­stan­tially in the past four years.

The week­day av­er­age num­ber of cars on the road has risen by 78 per cent from 2398 in 2013 to 4272.

Of those cars, 85 per cent did not ex­ceed 32.9 mph.

Res­i­dents say Rich­mond Drive is along the speedy route East Kilbride com­muters use to get on to the M74.

James Aitken, who lives on Rich­mond Drive and who has long been cam­paign­ing for mea­sures to re­duce and slow the flow of traf­fic there, said the sta­tis­tics sup­port his ar­gu­ment that ac­tion is needed.

He said: “My con­cern is about safety, there is a school at the top of my street. It’s the speed and vol­ume of cars that con­cerns me.

“Even I was sur­prised by the vol­ume of traf­fic, there’s 30,000 cars a week. To see that 40 per cent are speed­ing, that to me says there’s an is­sue.”

But he added: “The gist of it is the coun­cil has said the mat­ter is closed, that there is no is­sue here be­cause of the cri­te­ria they have.

“The coun­cil are sat­is­fied that 4000+ cars a day are on that road, of which al­most half are speed­ing.”

Dan­ger James Aitken says the vol­ume and speed of traf­fic is un­safe

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