Town centre traffic trial comes to halt

Traffic trial at Catherine Street saw a barrage of complaints from drivers and pedestrians
Traffic trial at Catherine Street saw a barrage of complaints from drivers and pedestrians

A controversial town centre traffic trial system which sparked a deluge of complaints from the public has now come to an end.

East Dunbartonshire Council was swamped with objections after the traffic lights were switched off at Catherine Street, for a month.

An online petition against the move has also amassed more than 600 signatures.

On Monday, the council confirmed the month-long trial at the junction in Kirkintilloch had finished and said they would be analysing feedback and monitoring the area.

Views from the public are still being sought – up to September 18.

Drivers, pedestrians and disability groups have slammed the scheme as “badly thought out” and “downright dangerous”.

Resident Anne Robertson said on Monday: “Glad the lights are back on at Catherine St junction.

“I wonder how much this farce has cost council tax payers?”

During the trial, which started on Monday, August 11, carriageways were narrowed, traffic lights deactivated, railings removed and green pedestrian crossing points painted on the road
surface.

A spokesman for the council said: “The aim was to give pedestrians and cyclists as much priority as 
vehicles whilst maintaining the safety of all users.

“Early indications suggest there was a change in the behaviours of users of the junction and traffic queues were reduced.

“However, further constructive feedback is needed to help guide the future of traffic flow in Kirkintilloch town centre.”

Thomas Glen, director of development and regeneration at the council, said: “Work is continuing to 
analyse the results.

“To date there has been a mix of views expressed with many very helpful and at times critical comments received, and these will be fully considered in our assessment of the trial.

“The results of the trial and consultation responses will help to shape future improvement works in Cowgate and Kirkintilloch town
centre.

“As part of the agreed Kirkintilloch Town Centre Masterplan we are committed to improving access for all road users and pedestrians - and the Catherine Street junction is a key element.”