Lives could be at risk because of notorious road junction, it has been claimed

31.10.12 Photograph Jamie Forbes. BISHOPBRIGGS. Junction of Pentland Drive and Wester Cleddens Road, Bishopbriggs. Dominic Notarangelo. Wants to see railings replaced as they block sight lines.
31.10.12 Photograph Jamie Forbes. BISHOPBRIGGS. Junction of Pentland Drive and Wester Cleddens Road, Bishopbriggs. Dominic Notarangelo. Wants to see railings replaced as they block sight lines.

A FRESH car crash has prompted calls for new railings to be installed in Bishopbriggs.

Local residents have been campaigning for two years to get the railings at the junction of Pentland Drive and Wester Cleddens Road replaced.

Drivers say the ones currently in place block sight lines and prevent motorists from seeing oncoming traffic.

Dominic Notarangelo, chairman of Cleddens Park Residents’ Association, spoke out this week after a recent car crash at the junction.

He said: “Cars can get damaged, but we could be talking about people’s lives, and that’s another matter.

“We would like to see the letterbox style of railings installed, the same as those in other parts of Bishopbriggs.”

In a bid to improve the situation East Dunbartonshire Council moved a junction box and repositioned railings outside nearby Bishopbriggs Academy.

However, Mr Notarangelo says this has only made a minor improvement.

The association is considering carrying out an independent assessment of the junction.

Woodhill Residents Group is also supporting the calls for new railings.

Donald Macdonald, group chairman, said: “About a year ago we hosted a meeting with around 20 local residents and the council’s roads people.

“Since then this junction and its design has been discussed at monthly meetings.

“The group is concerned as local residents have been complaining about the design of the railings obstructing vision.”

David Devine, head of roads and neighbourhood services at East Dunbartonshire Council, said: “We have no information on the cause of this accident. Once the police have carried out an investigation, they will contact the council if there are any engineering issues that the police feel contributed to the accident. If there are, we will take appropriate action.”

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