Police pledge to tackle speeding
Local cops are set to be trained to use speed guns in an attempt to crack down on speeding in Rutherglen and Cambuslang.
The pledge comes after the Reformer was contacted regarding the speed of vehicles on the Cathkin Relief Road.
Speeding motorists have been a problem for residents since the road opened earlier this year, with concerns raised the road is an accident waiting to happen.
Now police have confirmed that they intend to “focus” on the area in the next few weeks while traffic cops are carrying out an initiative on the road this week.
Sgt Brendan McMahon said: “We are hoping to train officers in using speed guns.
“At this time it is down to traffic cops to do checks but moving forward the plan is for the local problem solving team to take on these sorts of responsibilities.
“To my knowledge we’ve not had anything come up recently in respect of the relief road but we are aware of issues popping up from time to time.
“We will give it some attention and focus in the coming days and weeks.”
Some locals believe the problem has been getting worse.
Annette Gaw, who stays on St Stephen’s Avenue, told the Reformer: “Every morning from around 7am cars are all piling up outside, particularly around the bus stop.
“Since the road opened the traffic has been so busy and you get cars just speeding down there.
“Last week this car flew down East Kilbride Road and someone could easily get hurt when they go at that pace.
“I have had to jump back onto the pavement when trying to get to the island that’s there, because some of them are coming down so quickly.”
The speed limit on the road is set at 30mph.
The issue was previously raised at a meeting of Rutherglen Community Council, almost immediately after the road was opened. Back then, Jim Bolton, secretary of the community council, said: “Congratulations to South Lanarkshire Council for finishing the Cathkin Relief Road but there is lot of speeding on the road.
“Because it is a wide aspect trying to keep to 30 mph is quite difficult.”
20mph limit to be brought in, see page 13
TrainingPolice officers in Rutherglen and Cambuslang could be trained to use speed guns in future