Milngavie junction safety fears

Glasgow Road, Milngavie
Glasgow Road, Milngavie

A Milngavie man says that traffic lights on Glasgow Road, which are now controlled by special sensors, are a safety hazard for motorists.

The local resident, who asked not to be named, says the lights at the junction near the railway bridge, close to the Rangers football training ground, were previously controlled by a timer but that this has recently been replaced with sensor plates.

However he claims they don’t always work properly and this could cause a collision.

He said: “People don’t know they are there and they are not always activated when cars are not in the right position at the junction.

“Sometimes this means that the filter light doesn’t come on.

“The sensors are meant to have a range of about a metre but these ones don’t seem to have that.

“A driver could have their view obstructed by a high sided vehicle and try to turn right at the wrong time.

“I’m very worried there will be a crash there soon. It’s very dangerous.”

Thomas Glen, the council’s director of development and regeneration, said: “The upgrade to the signalised junction at the Auchenhowie/Glasgow Road was carried out to improve traffic flow in this location.

“The Glasgow Road (south west) only stage has been moved from ‘always run’ to on ‘demand only’ and the layout of the junction provides clear visibility for right turning traffic to opposing traffic,

“This method of operation is typical of modern junctions of this type.

“The MOVA system installed is a highly adaptive system that constantly optimises the traffic signals to the presenting traffic to minimise delay and in this case allows the junction to operate with a higher maximum capacity than would otherwise be possible.

“The changing of the stage from ‘always run’ to ‘demand only’ allows for further reductions in the overall delay at the junction.

“The Department forTransport advice indicates that systems of this nature minimise delays to road users and results in less burnt fuel which leads to reduced emissions.

“East Dunbartonshire Council, as the local roads authority, will continue to monitor the operation of the junction.”