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Drivers Will Be Caught


07/04/16





























Irresponsible drivers who are flouting a one-way system are being told they will be caught.

Along with the permanent one-way in Maxwell Drive the road layout in the village East Kilbride was also altered for the construction of the new Halfmerke Primary.

But residents and a local councillor say drivers are blatantly flouting the one-way in a bid to take a shortcut through East Mains and the Village.


It seems some drivers are choosing to drive along Kirkton Park and turn left into Maxwell Drive through the no entry signs.

There have also been complaints that some construction traffic for the new school is also choosing to ignore the road signs.


However, SNP councillor Sheena Wardhaugh has warned those flouting the rules they will be caught.


At the last meeting of East Mains Community Council she said: “I know this has been an area of concern for local people. There is absolutely no excuse for this as there has been new signage put in place in the area – so drivers can’t say they didn’t know it was a one-way.

“Some drivers are just blatantly not bothering and are choosing to drive the wrong way up a one way street. There is a CCTV camera in place which looks right down Maxwell Drive and if drivers are flouting the law then we will be absolutely justified to pass the images on to Police Scotland to take action.

“However, the CCTV has always been available and I don’t think this alone will stop it – I really do think Police Scotland have to take action against drivers.”


One local resident said he had spotted three drivers in the space of a few hours driving the wrong way up the one way. It’s a regular thing and I have even spotted taxi drivers doing it – and they don’t have the excuse that they don’t know the area.”


South Lanarkshire Council’s head of roads and transportation, Gordon Mackay, said: “Maxwell Drive is signposted as one-way between Main Street and Kirkton Park with signs at both ends of the one way section of the road and along its length.

“Notwithstanding, this we intend to review the signing and lining to ensure it is sufficient and to assess whether additional signing would be appropriate.

“I would remind all drivers that it is extremely dangerous to drive the wrong way on this, or any other, one way street and it is an offence.

“The use of CCTV to detect such manoeuvres would not be appropriate, however, we will bring this to the attention of Police Scotland and ask that they consider further monitoring and enforcement action as necessary.”