Bumpy road ahead?

Newton Mearns locals claim they have been ignored by the council as plans to bring back unpopular speed cushions are now imminent.

Months after the removal of the traffic calming measures, four sets of speed cushions, along with two new electronic speed signs, are set to return to Firwood Road.

An East Renfrewshire council spokesman said: “We believe that these measures will allow Firwood Road, and all of its road users, to function in a manner that is safe for its residents and sympathetic to all other regular users.

“The reduced number of speed cushions will be sympathetically placed to avoid conflict with driveways and positioned remote from properties.

“The cushion will be reduced in width and height to ensure speed reduction is maintained whilst balancing the impact on vehicles driving over them”.

But Newton Mearns south councillor Jim Swift (Conservative) thinks this decision is a “recipe for accidents”, as it will push traffic to other roads such as Sandringham Avenue, where Belmont House school is located.

“Drivers will take the path of least resistance onto residential routes. It’s not solving a problem, it’s just displacing a problem.

“The community has been consulted only because they have an obligation to do so. It is clear the public don’t want these speed bumps .

“Not listening seems to be a symptom of this administration and it is reminiscent of the past administration’s unwillingness to listen and engage with the public during the MIR consultation”.

Mearns community councillor Bryson McNeil thinks the wishes of the community have been disregarded.

He said: “Reinstalling traffic cushions is against the forcibly expressed opposition of local residents and the local community council.

“The council carried out a statutory consultation the results of which they ignored.

“The roads department is the sole arbiter of what is best for the community and residents desires are of no consequence.

“Despite numerous objections from residents and suggestions that alternative speed calming and less expensive options should be examined and the wider community should be consulted the council has persisted with their plan”.

Labour councillor Ian McAlpine, who originally supported the removal of traffic calming measures on Firwood Road, now insists their return is “the fault of drivers”.

“The evidence shows people were speeding: some were recorded travelling as high as 60 miles per hour on the road”, said Mr McAlpine.

“Not putting up any speed bumps would be untenable.

“There would have been no need for them if people had stuck to the speed limits but it is a major problem.

“I do accept the risk that traffic may go elsewhere but first of all we have to try something to stop speeding on Firwood Road”.