Lives could be saved at 40 – slow down the traffic!

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SPEEDS must be cut on a dangerous road before there is a serious accident, it has been claimed.

Woodhill Residents’ Group say a number of cars have ended up in a ditch on Westerhill Road, Bishopbriggs, after taking a bend on the 60mph street too quickly.

The group claims the accidents have been caused by problems with the road’s surface and its 60mph speed limit.

They now want the street, which is covered by East Dunbartonshire and North Lanarkshire Councils, to be given a 40mph speed limit.

Donald Macdonald, chairperson of Woodhill Residents’ Group, said: “These accidents may be caused by driver error but if the speed limit is lowered it might encourage drivers to drive more slowly and realise the speed limit is not a target.

“This is a problem for other drivers and reducing the speed limit will help prevent further accidents.”

The residents’ group says it has been told by Bishopbriggs Police that there have been two accidents on Westerhill Road in 2011.

David Devine, head of roads and neighbourhood services at East Dunbartonshire Council, said: “Westerhill Road falls within both East Dunbartonshire and North Lanarkshire boundaries and is, at present, subject to the national speed limit of 60mph. However, a speed survey and accident analysis will be carried out on Westerhill Road in the new year to enable the council to consider if any action is required.”

Bishopbriggs Police were unavailable for comment as the Herald went to press.