WORK is due to start on creating a path to help children get to school more safely.

The walkway will be built along Hunter Road, Milngavie, providing a safe route for pupils going to Craigdhu Primary and Douglas Academy.

New parking bays will also be created, improving the traffic flow on the road.

Councillor Jim Gibbons welcomed the work, which is due to start either at the end of this month or the beginning of April.

He said: “We are trying to encourage people to get fit and believe the new footpath will be used and will help children get to school safely.

“The council will monitor traffic flow to see what effect this has on drivers’ speed.

“Previously cars would accelerate along the narrower sections to get out of the way of oncoming drivers.

“It is hoped this will be eliminated by providing the parking bays, thus opening up the whole road to two way traffic.”

However, resident Elsie Buchanan (62) questioned the need for the new footpath - given that one already exists on the other side of the road.

She said: “I am not totally against it, but I can’t see any benefit using a footpath on the other side of the road. The council is saying that it is to improve access to Craigdhu Primary. This is the side the school is on and people are not going to cross the road to get to it when they can use the path on this side of the road.

“I really don’t see the point of the new pavement but the council seem to think it is necessary.”

Work on the project has been hit by delays - but the council now has the green light to go ahead.

David Devine, head of roads at East Dunbartonshire Council, said: “There was a delay in the main construction works commencing. This has now been resolved and a revised start date on the site for the work to begin is late March or early April.”