Crashes spark demand for action on road

Bishopbriggs Leisuredrome. Damaged wall  5.1.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Bishopbriggs Leisuredrome. Damaged wall 5.1.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

TRAFFIC calming is needed on a busy road before someone is killed, claim worried residents.

There have been a number of accidents on Balmuildy Road, in Bishopbriggs.

The latest saw a car crash into the wall of the Leisuredrome and somersault into the car park onto the bonnets of other cars.

The driver and three passengers were all boys aged 17.

Some residents feel the only solution to curb the speed of vehicles on the 30mph stretch is traffic calming measures.

Mum Lynn Sweeney, who lives in Stirling Drive, said: “For quite a number of years we have asked for speed bumps, but were told they couldn’t be put in because it’s a main road.

“What really worries me is the corner of the wall is where a lot of kids sit and wait for friends or their mum or dad picking them up from the Leisuredrome.

“You see cars bombing it down the road and it’s not just the odd one. What’s it going to take for the council to consider traffic calming?”

Another resident in Stirling Drive believes that a speed camera is the answer.

She said: “If it costs them then they will know to slow down. It’s not just cars, but big lorries also come hammering down the hill. It’s only a matter of time before someone is killed.”

David Devine, head of roads and neighbourhood services at East Dunbartonshire Council, said: “The police will carry out an investigation into the cause of this incident and will get in touch with the roads service to discuss their findings.

“The outcome of the police investigations will be used to inform whether traffic calming or other actions are required to be taken.”

Police said a 17-year-old boy had been charged in connection with the recent crash.