MP welcomes pledge to tackle crash spot

Waterside Road accident blackspot.
Waterside Road accident blackspot.

An MP has welcomed an investigation into an accident blackspot which has seen two major crashes in recent month.

Last October, Stephen Wright and his family cheated death when a car smashed into their house on the junction of Waterside Road and Bankhead Road, in Kirkintilloch.

Last month they were shocked when a motorbike crashed at the same spot, with a pillion passenger left lying in their front garden.

The Herald has joined with the family, local residents and politicians to demand traffic calming measures be installed.

East Dunbartonshire Council have now instructed an independent investigation into the road and have agreed to meet with police and new MP Stuart McDonald to discuss the matter.

And the results of the investigation are expected in the next couple of weeks - with hopes high that a solution could be imminent.

Mr McDonald said: “News that the council has commissioned independent advice on how best to tackle speeding and provide protection for people and properties on Waterside Road is clearly very welcome.

“So too is confirmation that officials would attend at any meeting organised with local people, their representatives, and police.

“I’ll continue to work with colleagues to push this matter forward in support of local people and the Kirky Herald campaign.”

Grace Irvine, the council’s director of neighbourhood services, said: “We have appointed the independent assessor and have shared with them all information we have

regarding accident and speeding records for the location.

“They estimated that their work would take around three weeks to complete and this is on-going.

“We have always said that we would be happy to meet Mr McDonald and this remains the case.

“We believe that any meeting should include Police Scotland to ensure all options can be considered.”