Children’s lives could be at risk when speed limit goes up

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A SAFETY barrier is needed to protect lives on the outskirts of a quiet village.

That’s the view of Campsie and Kirkintilloch North councillor Charles Kennedy, who wants a road barrier installed on Antermony Road as it enters Milton of Campsie from the east side of the village.

Following a review of all speed limits in East Dunbartonshire last year, it was recommended that the stretch of road be changed from a 30mph zone to a 40mph zone. Local councillors have argued that the 30mph limit should remain, but the Scottish Government is compelling local authorities to adopt the change.

Councillor Kennedy said: “What I am desperately worried about is the possibility that the speed of vehicles, which is currently well above 30mph despite what we are told, will become even worse – with the real possibility of a fatality.

“We need to look at some form of barrier to be placed between the footpath and the roadway. We have children going from that area to Craighead Primary School and the journey has been described to me as ‘hair-raising’.”

David Devine, East Dunbartonshire Council’s head of roads and neighbourhood services, said: “The council takes road safety extremely seriously and the roads service will carry out an investigation of the area to determine whether the installation of a safety barrier is needed.”

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