20mph speed limit on the way

Lat­est change in Cathkin Re­lief Rd project

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

Mo­torists driv­ing on res­i­den­tial streets in Fern­hill, Blair­beth and High Burn­side will be told 20 is plenty in the com­ing weeks as a new speed limit comes into force.

Part of the over­all Cathkin Re­lief Road project, the speed limit on nearby res­i­den­tial streets is to be re­duced from 30mph to 20mph to make roads safer.

The re­duc­tion is spe­cific to side streets and es­tates - such as Castle­fern Road, Neil­vaig Drive, and Up­per Bourtree Drive - but does in­clude main thor­ough­fare Fern­hill Road.

It will come into force later this year, as pre­vi­sously re­ported by the Re­former.

Frank Con­way, of Manor Way Neigh­bour­hood Watch, says the change is largely to be wel­comed, but warned many res­i­dents would find it re­stric­tive later at night when chil­dren would not be nearby.

He said: “Def­i­nitely in ar­eas around the schools I would sup­port it.

“Some time ago we did a get a speed­ing check done on Up­per Bourtree Drive and dur­ing the hour in the morn­ing and go­ing home the speed of traf­fic was up, so it’s a good idea for that time of day any­way.

“It was many years ago now, but cer­tainly the num­ber of cars when chil­dren were go­ing to school were in­creased.”

But Mr Con­way added: “I didn’t see any­thing in the coun­cil lit­er­a­ture to show the num­ber of in­ci­dents that have oc­curred on these roads to show this is nec­es­sary.

“When we were try­ing to do some­thing about the Beech Av­enue and Burn­side Road junc­tion they tell us there haven’t been enough in­ci­dents at that junc­tion to in­tro­duce changes.

“Even though they are putting this in place, they haven’t pro­vided any fig­ures.”

The speed re­duc­tion was advertised by South La­nark­shire Coun­cil ear­lier this month when it moved an or­der un­der the Road Traf­fic Reg­u­la­tion Act 1984.

Gor­don Mackay, head of roads and trans­porta­tion ser­vices at the coun­cil, said: “As part of the Cathkin Re­lief Road project a num­ber of com­ple­men­tary works have been con­sid­ered in­clud­ing 20mph speed lim­its on var­i­ous res­i­den­tial streets in the High Burn­side and Fern­hill ar­eas.

“The statu­tory process to pro­mote the Traf­fic Reg­u­la­tion Or­der is near­ing com­ple­tion and we ex­pect the sign­ing to be in place later this fi­nan­cial year.

“These mea­sures are in­tended to re­duce ve­hi­cle speeds in res­i­den­tial ar­eas and thus im­prove road safety.”

A copy of the traf­fic or­der is avail­able to view at 27 Main Street, Cam­bus­lang.

Child safety Frank Con­way be­lieves the speed limit is im­por­tant around schools

Speed lim­itStreets in Fern­hill and High Burn­side are af­fected by the change

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