Potholes made me go through red light

Colston lights, Bishopbriggs/Springburn 1.9.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Colston lights, Bishopbriggs/Springburn 1.9.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

A FURIOUS taxi driver has blamed ‘appalling’ road conditions at a busy junction for landing him with three points on his licence and a £60 fine.

Alan Murphy claims that when he started to go through the junction at Colston Road, in Bishopbriggs, the lights were at green.

However, by the time he negotiated the potholes and got to the other side they had changed to red and he was caught on camera.

Alan, from Bishopbriggs, said: “The lights were certainly green, but I was distracted by the terrible state of the road and was frightened I was going to damage the car.

“I couldn’t believe it when the camera flashed.

“The road conditions were really bad, although they have been slightly patched up since.

“As a taxi driver I know where most of the cameras are, so I wouldn’t go through a red light.”

Other drivers have raised concerns about the state of the road at the busy junction, which is used by thousands of motorists every day.

It lies on the boundary of East Dunbartonshire and Glasgow. Glasgow City Council is responsible for its maintenance.

A Glasgow City Council spokesperson said: “In our recent budget we increased our roads maintenance budget for this year giving us a total of £22 million.

“A contract has recently been awarded that includes the resurfacing of the junction. Until then the location is being monitored and any dangerous defects will be made safe until the resurfacing is carried out.

“We would urge anyone who is aware of a fault to report it to the freephone RALF road and lighting fault hotline on 0800 373635 or online at www.glasgow.gov.uk/en/residents/gettingaround/ralf.”