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Wishaw Residents Want Traffic Calming Measures


21/08/15


Fed-up residents have hit out at boy racers zooming along Kitchener Street at speeds, which they say, are in excess of 50mph.

They are demanding traffic-calming measures before there is a “disaster” or “serious crash”.

One man, who didn’t want to be named, said: “I have recently experienced car racers driving at excessive speeds.

“There is going to be a disaster/crash on this street and I hope that I won’t see it when it happens.”

The great-grandfather who is 75 years old, added: “They are using the road as a race track.

“I nearly saw an accident last Thursday.

“I saw this boy overtaking a girl in another vehicle near the health centre.

“I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw her speeding up in the inside and they also hit another car.

“It was almost a three-car pile-up and a miracle that there wasn’t an accident.

“It is a 30mph limit on this road and some of the drivers are going in excess of 50mph.

“There’s going to be a disaster unless something is done.

“There needs to be some speed bumps on the street.”


A council spokesman said: “The speed limit in Kitchener Street is 30mph, as it is within the town centre.

“Concerns have been voiced previously about the speed of traffic and this has been raised with Police Scotland who are responsible for enforcing speed limits.”


Inspector Alistair Anderson, of Wishaw Police Office, said: “We are aware of public concerns about this stretch of road and monitor the traffic on a regular basis.

“Road safety is a local priority and I would urge anyone who witnesses dangerous or inconsiderate driving to report it to the police immediately.”

Anyone who wants to report a speeding driver should call police on 101.