Put the brakes on speeding drivers in Kirkintilloch, plead residents

Loch Road, Kirkintilloch 20.5.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Loch Road, Kirkintilloch 20.5.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
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A NOTORIOUS “rat run” in Kirkintilloch looks set to be sorted at last.

For years Loch Road in Kirkintilloch has been used by motorists to avoid traffic hold-ups.

Local residents have been consulted by East Dunbartonshire Council on the options.

These include installing speed bumps and blocking off part of the road at its junction with Woodilee Road heading towards Old Aisle Road.

Residents have welcomed plans for the speed bumps, but some are against the road being blocked off.

Colin Dunlop said: “I’m happy for traffic calming measures to be put in place, but not blocking off the road.

“That would mean more traffic would turn down to the left.

“Part of Loch Road is essentially a single track road with very few passing places due to parked cars.

“Having no other escape route when the road becomes blocked is just crazy.”

Mr Dunlop is also concerned that the proposed traffic solutions don’t take into account any future developments of the Woodilee Industrial Estate and a site at the back of Loch Road.

He added: “Any development of these sites would bring more traffic. I would suggest blocking the junction where Woodilee Road meets Loch Road so there would be no through road from Woodilee Road onto Loch Road.”

Concerned dad Paul Millar is also in favour of speed bumps.

He said: “The volume of traffic has gone down since the new link road opened, but the speed of vehicles is an issue. I have two young kids who cross the road.

“It’s been said the average speed of vehicles is 27mph, which I think is utter rubbish. I have seen people do about 60mph.”

One woman, who has lived in Loch Road for 35 years, said: “I’m not in favour of the road being blocked as it will just push the traffic down onto the other side.

“I think speed bumps are the answer. We’ve been fighting for something for years.”

David Devine, head of roads and neighbourhood services at East Dunbartonshie Council, said: “A lot of interest has been shown and the response by the public to the consultation has been high.

“At the moment roads officers are analysing the feedback received and are to report back to council in due course.”