Critical road safety issues in Bardowie: it's time for real solutions
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The road through our small village is in no way fit to cope safely with the volume, nature and speed of traffic which has grown to use it. It is unsafe for pedestrians and unsafe for motorists.
We are calling for East Dunbartonshire Council and the Scottish Government to put in place definitive solutions for the issues listed below.
Bardowie Roads Action Group has been formed by concerned residents to lobby for the necessary changes in order to make Bardowie safe for pedestrians and safe for motorists.
1) The increasing volume, the nature and the speed of traffic
15000 vehicles per day pass along our narrow road (survey Oct 2016). This is up from 13000 in 2014. Of these, every day, 2250 vehicles are exceeding 38mph, 150 are over 45mph, and 500 are HGVs. Dangerous manoeuvres including overtaking are frequently observed by residents. The A807 through Bardowie is used as a major arterial route joining communities of the north Glasgow area to the recently upgraded M80 motorway network and beyond. Planned housing developments will increase pressure further. The road is not fit for purpose
2) The road and pavements are narrow: there is no way to safely walk from one end of our small village to the other.
Walking the pavements or waiting for a bus is simply frightening. When HGVs pass their wing mirrors overhang the pavements. The road is only 5.9m wide. HGVs can be 2.55m wide excluding the wing mirrors. For comparison, nearby roads which are less busy and have speed cameras are Strathblane Road, Milngavie: 7.9m and Drymen Road Bearsden: 9.3m. There are repeated accidents at bends on the east and west sides of the village where vehicles cross the pavement and crash through the fence or into a garden wall (east and west end respectively).There is no room for even minor driver error and no protection for pedestrians whatsoever. The lack of safe usable foot-ways is at odds with East Dunbartonshire Council's Active Travel Strategy.
3) Bus stops are exposed to vehicles leaving the road in the event of an accident
Those waiting for a bus, including school children, wait next to this busy narrow road at an accident prone junction (see below). The bus stop on the north side is simply a sign on the narrow pavement. There is no room for even minor driver error and no protection for pedestrians whatsoever.
4) The Balmore Road/Craigmaddie Road/Station Road cross roads is particularly dangerous
There have been at least 3 crashes at this junction in the last 6 months, the most recent on Sunday 2nd April where a family with young children were very lucky to escape with minor injuries. On approach from either direction on Balmore Road visibility of the junction itself and of emerging traffic is very poor. On turning out from Craigmaddie and especially Station Road, sight lines are terrible, requiring motorists to edge onto the main carriageway in order see an adequate distance in either direction. This is both difficult and dangerous due to the volume and speed of traffic, especially at peak times.
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