Housing developers building a new block of nearly 50 flats in Glasgow’s South Side are creating a ‘perfect’ storm on a what is labelled a ‘terrifying rat run’ road, it has been claimed.

People in Strathbungo are very concerned about the potential dangers to pedestrians and road users being worsened by a 49-unit development at the junction of Allison Street and Niddrie Road.

Plans submitted by AS Homes suggest a ‘car-free’ zone could be introduced at the new building. This would mitigate the affect on already heavy traffic in the highly-populated area, with two primary schools within 100 yards of the junction.

However, neighbours to the site, which previously housed an Arnold Clark branch, claim AS Homes has ‘no idea what the impact will be’, with the width of Niddrie Road reduced to 20ft (six metres).

Dorothy Murray, who lives across from the new development, said: “It’s a complete rat run, especially because of the one-way system.

“The builders have referred to it as a ‘quiet residential street’, but it is terrifying trying to cross there. The only time I feel safe in Allison Street is at night as I can see the headlights coming.

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“With shops to be put in below nearly 50 flats, they are saying they are going to make it a car-free zone, but how can they police that? They have no idea.

“It will leave just six metres for the road – that’s not enough room for two cars to pass. This is a main arterial route and this is becoming a perfect storm.

“They have no idea what the impact will be. It is just a mess.”

According to a Freedom of Information request submitted by the Evening Times, the junction of Allison Street and Niddrie Street has experienced significant numbers of collisions on the road in recent years.

Since 2013, 21 vehicles have been involved in crashes at the junction, with a further 32 reporting collisions in the surrounding area. As a result, 10 casualties were reported at the junction, with another 15 nearby.

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Residents of Strathbungo have previously made AS Homes aware of the ongoing issues on this stretch of road.

At a public meeting about the development held on March 28, Shawlands and Strathbungo Community Council reported three people raising concerns about the volume of traffic on surrounding roads.

Representatives from developers and George Buchanan Architects said there would be an official road construction process to go through that will look at this and other issues.

A spokeswoman for the community council said: “Road safety is one of the main concerns residents have about this planning application.

“This needs to be looked at very carefully to make sure the potential for road traffic accidents in this area is not made worse by this development.”

AS Homes were approached for comment but did not respond to requests.

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