Cautious welcome

residents have given a cautious welcome to news that traffic calming measures are to be introduced on their street.

Loch Road, in Kirkintilloch, has long been used as a short-cut for motorists looking to avoid road works and traffic lights - a problem which was aggravated by the construction of the Kirkintilloch Link Road in recent years.

Residents have been complaining to the council for more than a decade about vehicles speeding down their street and there have been several accidents caused by cars and lorries using the rat-run.

Now East Dunbartonshire Council have unveiled plans to introduce traffic calming measures on the street - allocating £58,000 from this years’ roads budget to the scheme.

Loch Road resident Peter Ballard, who has repeatedly asked the council to stop cars speeding down his road, gave the news a cautious welcome.

He said: “I welcome anything which is going to help the situation but have heard nothing directly from the council.

“The fact that we are being told about this for the first time by the Kirkintilloch Herald is indicative of the way we have been treated by the council for the last 15 years.

“I will remain sceptical until they back it up with action - to be honest, I’m not sure how much you can get done for £50,000 these days.”