A809 is named the most dangerous road in Scotland

Stockiemuir road bearsden. pic of sign with A809 written on it'16/10/11'Photo Emma Mitchell

Stockiemuir road bearsden. pic of sign with A809 written on it'16/10/11'Photo Emma Mitchell

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A BUSY route which runs through Milngavie and Bearsden has been named as one of the most dangerous roads in Scotland.

The A809, which includes Stockiemuir Road in Bearsden, is often used by tourists heading to the east side of Loch Lomond and Stirlingshire, as well as commuters.

According to a report by the Road Safety Foundation (RSF) it’s the third most dangerous road in the UK.

Large parts of the single carraigeway, which runs from Milngavie to Croftamie, are winding and narrow and there were 24 fatal or serious accidents on the stretch between 2006 and 2010.

Fiona Risk, convener of Milngavie Community Council, was surprised to hear that the road was so high risk.

She said: “I didn’t think this would be the most dangerous road in Scotland, I thought it would be the A9, which is notorious for accidents.

“But it is quite bendy and some drivers go fast along it.

“There have been quite a few accidents involving motorcyclists over the years.”

She added: “There are already warnings on the road, so I’m not sure that any other measures would make a difference - they only work if people obey them.”

Only 6km of the road falls under East Dunbartonshire control, the rest is in Stirlingshire.

A spokesperson for Stirling Council said: “We welcome this report.

“Over the years we have carried out a number of road safety improvements and further alterations will be carried out.

“For example, a three-year speed limit review has identified five sections which require further attention.

“We are also preparing a Route Accident Reduction Plan (RARP) as part of our commitment to road safety across the area.”