Residents see red over green men

The new crossing on Kilsyth Road
The new crossing on Kilsyth Road

Roads chiefs have been accused of installing pointless pedestrian crossings instead of spending the money on vital road repairs.

Drivers in East Dunbartonshire have long complained about road surfaces across the district, with potholes often causing costly damage to cars.

But residents say that money seems to be spent on crossings and street furniture instead - with many questioning the need for so many traffic lights.

One Eastside resident said: “There has been an inordinate increase in the set up of crossings and modified pavements. The activity, especially in the Eastside area, is beyond understanding.

“We have traffic lights with a green man at the Lidl store and we now also have a new green man crossing a few yards before these lights. This crossing comes out from a building on one side and into a barrier at the other side.

The Eastside resident added: “There is obviously no rationale to this work, especially given the number of potholes in almost every road which lie unfilled.

“What a waste of resources and money, whilst motorists suffer damage to their cars as a result of these potholes.”

Thomas Glen, the council’s director of development and regeneration, defended the crossing, explaining: “The crossings have been created at Eastside as part of a Government scheme to promote cycling and other forms of active and sustainable travel and are funded externally through Sustrans Community Links funding.

“The crossings are on the Strathkelvin Railway Path, a nationally recognised path which forms part of the National Cycle Network and cuts through East Dunbartonshire.

They will also be part of the John Muir Way, when it opens in April, and it’s hoped the crossings will make cycling and walking the route safer and more enjoyable.”

GREEN FOR GO: A new crossing was recently installed on Kilsyth Road.