Walkers left “terrified” by crossing over link road

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Action need to be taken to create a safe pedestrian crossing over a busy new road before tragedy strikes.

That’s the call from walkers who say they are left “terrified” when they cross Kirkintilloch’s Initiative Road between Lindsaybegg Road and the new Woodilee housing development.

The crossing, which is not controlled by traffic lights, links a right of way which the road cuts through.

Since the opening of the road in 2010 there have been repeated complaints about near-misses at the crossing, but no action has been taken by the Kirkintilloch Link Road Management Board (KLRMB) - which includes representation from East Dunbartonshire Council.

Lenzie resident Patricia Watson said: “Everyone is terrified crossing it. It’s a designated path and part of the local cycle and walking paths network going from Moodiesburn to Lennoxtown, so it really does need a pedestrian operated crossing to stop the traffic. It’s a matter of real concern.”

Grace Irvine, the council’s director of neighbourhood services, said: “Before, during and after construction, the new link road was subject to rigorous independent road safety audits looking at issues including speed limits, location of traffic signals, crossings and signage.

“The safety of drivers and pedestrians is always a top priority and we will continue to monitor this for any emerging or potential problems.”

More on this story in next week’s Kirkintilloch Herald.

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