Lives at risk on ‘rat run’ road

Ledi drive, speeding traffic'Photo Emma Mitchell'14/7/12
Ledi drive, speeding traffic'Photo Emma Mitchell'14/7/12

DANGEROUS drivers are using a residential area as a shortcut to bypass roadworks - leading to fears there will be an accident.

Motorists are speeding along Ledi Drive, Bearsden, according to concerned householder Peter Ogg, in a bid to avoid pipe replacement work on Stockiemuir Road, near Bearsden Academy.

Drivers are also not using the official diversion signs which direct traffic along Duntocher Road to Langfaulds roundabout and on to Baljaffray Road.

Mr Ogg, a bank manager, said: “There have been a couple of near misses recently and I feel it is only a matter of time before an accident happens.”

And he reckoned that most of the drivers speeding along Ledi Drive were locals.

He added: “They know the area and are just trying to cut out some of the diversion and not follow the official diversion signs.”

Most of the residential roads in the area are restricted to 20mph, but Ledi Drive is still a 30mph zone, but Mr Ogg said they are not even keeping to this speed.

He said: “They are going much faster than this.”

Keith Scrimgeour, manager of Roads & Neighbourhood Services at East Dunbartonshire Council, said: “Stockiemuir Road is closed while essential drainage works are carried out.

“We have diversions in place during the closure but Ledi Drive is not part of our recommended route.

“We worked with Scottish Water to schedule this work during the school summer holidays to minimise inconvenience as much as possible.

“It is a Police matter if vehicles using this route are speeding or driving erratically.”