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Coatbridge road 'treated like a Formula One track'
Coatbridge’s MP is calling for action to improve safety on a busy road near two primary schools.
Residents raised concerns about the speed and increasing volume of traffic.
Tom Clarke is hosting a public meeting on Saturday 15th, bringing together police, council officials and hauliers and calling for the introduction of traffic calming or pedestrian crossings on Kirkshaws Road.
People are worried about the speed and increasing volume of traffic on Kirkshaws Road in the town and want something to be done.
He said “I’ve received the strongest representations from residents. Parents are understandably concerned about heavy vehicular traffic passing their homes.
“Of paramount importance is the safety of children crossing to St Timothy’s and Old Monkland primaries and there is a huge question mark about their safety in crossing the road without the aid of any patroller or pedestrian crossing.”
He said he had been asked to provide a forum for residents “to express their views about the volume of traffic, speed and safety of children” and added: “Hopefully we can find a satisfactory solution to the safety and noise problem which has been raised and some questions can be duly answered.”
Local residents have produced a flyer publicising the meeting to neighbours, in which they describe Kirkshaws Road as being treated “like a Formula One track” by drivers.
They noted: “It has always been dangerous but the incidents of crashes and near misses are growing and we feel that if something isn’t done now lives will be lost.”
A constituency office spokesperson for Mr Clarke, who represents the Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill seat, said: “The residents who have approached Tom want action and for something to be done on that road before there’s an accident.
“It’s a very busy road with heavy traffic and a lot of big vehicles and they want traffic calming and to raise awareness of issues like drivers going too fast and how many accidents there have been.
“Road safety comes under his remit as MP and he’s expecting a very good attendance on Saturday.
“There’s nothing more serious than children’s safety.
“By bringing together all the interested parties the most important thing is that there’s positive action on flagging up the concerns raised and seeing what can be done.”
The public meeting takes place in the community complex at St Andrew’s High from 11am on Saturday.
A spokesperson for North Lanarkshire Council confirmed that learning and leisure representatives will be at the meeting and that the authority will examine potential requirements for crossing patrols or other road safety measures.