Demand for action after second horror accident

Residents protesting at junction of Waterside Road and Bankhead Road.
Residents protesting at junction of Waterside Road and Bankhead Road.

The Herald is backing a call for urgent road safety measures after an out-of-control driver crashed into a family home for the second time.

Shocked residents, members of Waterside Community Council and Kirkintilloch East Councillor Jack Young are demanding action from East Dunbartonshire Council and police to prevent a third accident ending in tragedy.

On Saturday, they protested outside the home of Stephen Wright in Waterside Road at its junction with Bankhead Road.

Stephen (42), wife Lindy (40) and kids Holly (14) and Scott (11) were horrified to find a motorbike pillion passenger lying in their front garden after the latest smash just over a week ago.

In October, they cheated death when the front wall of their home was demolished by a car.

Stephen Wright (42) told the Herald he feared someone would be killed.

He said: “The first accident was supposed to be a one-in-a-million chance. It has 
happened again. I don’t want someone to be killed.”

The Herald is backing the campaign by residents, along with Kirkintilloch East Councillor Jack Young.

He wants a crash barrier installed at the top of the T-junction joining Bankhead Road with Waterside Road.

Councillor Young said: “We have a serious situation. These houses need to be protected. We really need a proper crash barrier similar to those on motorways installed at the kerb facing Bankhead Road. At the moment there is only a small fence which is not enough.”

A police spokesman at Kirkintilloch said: “We are aware of the recent incident and inquiries are ongoing as to the circumstances and persons responsible.

“Influencing driver and other road users behaviour is key to improving road safety which is a major priority within East Dunbartonshire.

“Traffic management and speeding initiatives are carried out on a daily basis. Any complaints received are incorporated within these initiatives and focus policing activity to specific areas and previous accident locations”

Grace Irvine, director of neighbourhood services said: “We have arranged to have the barrier repaired while police investigate. If they recommend additional measures we will take further action then.”