Drivers urged to watch their speed in Waterfoot

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Growing concerns over motorists breaking the speed limit in Waterfoot have been raised by residents.

It’s come to the fore due to a noticeable increase in the speed of cars passing the school bus stop.

There are two school bus collection points on Glasgow Road, before and after the entrance to the Lynn Factory at the top of Barlae Avenue.

Resident David McWaters said: “Cars have been logged at 51mph and 47mph past the children at the bus stop. The speed limit is 30mph.

“I’m aware there have been traffic surveys carried out and statistics passed to East Renfrewshire Council (ERC) in April.

“After many failed attempts to gain access to the information, also our community council representatives met ERC in June to ask for action. There has been no action by ERC at this time.

“Unbelievably, the information from the survey was only passed to Police Scotland on November 13.

“Thankfully, the police have committed to deploying local uniformed officers within our community.

“The headline result from the survey ... 91.3 per cent of vehicles northbound were travelling over the speed limit, and 91.1 per cent southbound.

“Under Section 39 of the Road Traffic Act 1988, there is a statuary duty on local authorities to promote road safety.

“Hopefully with some publicity on the issue, East Renfrewshire Council can put a plan in place to improve the dangerous situation the children face every day waiting on and being dropped off the school bus.”

An East Renfrewshire Council spokeman said: “The safety of our residents is our number one priority and we take road safety extremely seriously. Discussions about this stretch of road are ongoing with Eaglesham & Waterfoot Community Council, Police Scotland and various other stakeholders as we aim to tackle this issue.

“A new variable message sign has recently been installed near Barlae Avenue to remind drivers to observe the speed limit at all times.

“Initial feedback from the community is that this sign is having a positive effect on traffic speeds and we will continue to monitor the situation.”