Clarkston community call for greater safety measures after death of pedestrian

Clarkston Toll was closed off
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Residents of Clarkston have launched a petition calling for greater safety measures to be installed at a roundabout in the area following the death of a pedestrian.

On May 17 an 86-year-old pensioner was knocked down on Clarkston Toll by a Mercedes GLE. Sadly the man lost his life six days later in the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

Carly Grant is now calling on East Renfrewshire Council to consider various safety parameters to ensure no one else loses their life on the busy road.

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The concerned mum told Glasgow LIve: "I've lived in the area for 12 years and it has always been a point in the road people have worried about.

"We've seen multiple accidents at the toll. There is no safe walking route for children to go to school.

"A lot of residents use their car more to avoid using it. It is the main way to get to local amenieties but there is no pedestrian crossing on it whatsoever.

"For drivers it is a really busy road, there is also a give a way sign in the middle of the roundabout which can be confusing and adds to the danger.

"Over the years I have been in touch to ask if there are any plans to make it safer. There seems to be a bit of acceptance that it is unsafe but there needs to be change.

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"I think somebody else could lose their life."

Cyclist Alan McDowall uses Clarkston Toll three to four times a week. He says the busy nature of the roundabout causes havoc for anyone who uses it

The local told Glasgow Live: "It is the most confusing road I know.

"There are too many roads coming off of it and joining it. The signage is appalling.

"From a cyclist's point of view it is very dangerous. There needs to be proper signage for the lanes or a double white line to make sure people don't change lanes.

"There needs to be traffic lights to allow pedestrians to cross. I don't how many more fatalities they're waiting for before something is done about it.

"There are four major roads joining there, it is badly designed."

East Renfrewshire Council have confirmed that they are in contact with Police Scotland and will use details form the enquiries to identify solutions to the safety issue

An East Renfrewshire Council spokesperson said: “The safety of our residents is a very high priority and we take road safety extremely seriously.

"Our thoughts are with the family of the person involved in the incident at Clarkston Toll at this especially difficult time. We will continue to liaise with Police Scotland, who are currently investigating the incident, and the details they provide will assist us to identify any measures which could improve safety at this location.”

To read more about the petition click here