Fury as plan for one-way roads revived

FAMILIES have hit out over resurrected plans to change the traffic layout in Glasgow's East End.

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They say proposals to make four roads one-way in Garrowhill are a shambles.

In October, a consultation of local people revealed 52% of those who responded were against the one-way system in the area around Camp Road.

As a result, the council decided not to go ahead with the proposal to make Sugworth Avenue, Hathersage Drive, Greenshields Road and Ryecroft Drive, one-way.

But now it has been put forward again.

In a letter seen by the Evening Times, dated January 11, the council again proposes a 'Camp Road Area One-Way Traffic Regulation Order'.

Paul Gallagher, 42, of Greenshields Road, said: "The proposals are all wrong. It would never work. It would make the place busier because if they shut off the street it will get a lot busier.

"The speed cars drive up and down Greenshields Road is shocking. Someone is going to be killed on it before something is done."

Local MSP John Mason said he was "perplexed" by the council's latest action.

He said: "Previously, I supported the introduction of a one-way system in nearby Dyke Street and Swinton Road, but we can see from experience that this hasn't exactly been a great success. The council needs to learn from that.

"Introducing a one-way system often only encourages vehicles to speed up or it moves the problem on to another street."

Councillor David Turner said: "What is the point in having a public consultation if the public consultation is against it and the council still goes ahead with it?

"I just can't believe the council is again going against public wishes."

Andy McGowan, 62, chairman of Baillieston Community Council, said the road system was an "accident waiting to happen".

He added: "One way traffic tends to create speed and to make Camp Road one way, which has a church and a school, would mean pedestrians would be in danger."

A council spokesman said: "We have received representation suggesting some of the residents' views have changed.

"Rather than have a full re-consultation at this stage, we are firstly seeking the views of the elected members, emergency services, and the freight transport and road haulage associations.

"It will allow officers to have an informed view of all those affected."

matty.sutton@ eveningtimes.co.uk

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