Bearsden roadworks result in street chaos

Photograph Jamie Forbes 2.8.13  BEARSDEN. Ledi Drive Bearsden. Roadworks at Stockiemuir Rd are causing motorist to use Ledi Drive as a rat run.
Photograph Jamie Forbes 2.8.13 BEARSDEN. Ledi Drive Bearsden. Roadworks at Stockiemuir Rd are causing motorist to use Ledi Drive as a rat run.

A residential street was turned into a ‘rat-run’ for the third time in 18 months as drivers used it to avoid roadworks in a street nearby.

Although the roadworks on Stockiemuir Road near Bearsden Academy have now been completed, according to Ledi Drive resident Peter Ogg it was chaos last week.

The business banking manager, who has six children, and two of them under 10, said it was an ‘an accident waiting to happen’.

Mr Ogg (54) said: “It was quite chaotic last week. Cars were speeding up and down, using the road like a rat-run. People who live here park on alternate sides of the road, so drive much slower to compensate for the fact they will have to drive around cars.

“I would say there are three or four chicanes of cars drivers have to negotiate which can be very dangerous if you dont know the area.”

And Mr Ogg added, “We have an eight-year-old son and a five-year-old-daughter and there are are a lot of other families with young children in this street. It’s just an accident waiting to happen.”

Although Mr Ogg can understand who people use Ledi Drive as a shortcut he is urging them to slow down in in future and take more care.

The latest roadworks were carried out to coincide with the school holidays so as to minimise traffic congestion at the junction of Stockiemuir Road and Drymen Road at an area know as the triangle.

Traffic diversion signs had been put up during the resurfacing work, but they took motorist up to the Craigdhu Road roundabout and along Baljaffray Road to the Langfaulds Roundabout.

In a statement from East Dunbartonshire Council director of neighbourhood services, Grace Irvine, said: “Resurfacing works on Stockiemuir Road began on Monday 29 July and traffic was diverted onto Balljaffray Road and Duntocher Road during the road closure.”

Ms. Irvine added that the road re-opened last Friday which should alleviate the problem and see traffic levels return to normal in areas surrounding the diversion routes.

She added: “I apologise for any delays or problems these roadworks may have caused and would remind motorists to observe speed limits and drive with due care and attention, particularly in built up areas.”