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Jack Thomson

Bid to improve safety at major Erskine roundabout as residents given deadline to share views

Erskine residents have just over a month to share their views on plans to make Southholm Roundabout safer and better for active travel.

Two options have been put to members of the public, which both include a larger central island to slow traffic, a separate route for pedestrians and cyclists on the outside and cutting the speed limit to 30mph on approach.

The proposals were developed following an initial community consultation, which saw more than 550 people respond and, according to Renfrewshire Council, show “broad support” for walking and cycling improvements.

More than 70 per cent said the roundabout was too busy, 84 per cent said pedestrian safety needed to improve and 77 per cent said the same about cyclist safety. The local authority created two concept designs and is seeking feedback by a deadline of Sunday, May 28.

The first option would include two traffic lanes on all four approaches to the roundabout and a three-metre wide shared path for pedestrians and cyclists around the roundabout to provide safe separation from drivers.

The second option would involve one traffic lane on all four approaches and a four-metre wide shared path around the roundabout to provide more space for the mix of pedestrians and cyclists.

Councillor Michelle Campbell, SNP convener of the infrastructure, land and environment policy board, said: “We want to ensure that local people and those who use the roundabout often have the chance to provide their feedback on what will be the best option to take forward.

“The responses to the previous survey outlined that people wanted the speed at which motorists use the roundabout to reduce and safety for people walking and cycling to be improved.

“These options do that, as well as providing additional connections to existing pedestrian and cycling routes in the area, so please fill out the survey and let us know your thoughts.”

Councillor Sam Mullin, Labour rep for Erskine and Inchinnan, said: “We need to look at the road from the hotel down to the Smiddy roundabout because of the amount of accidents and near-misses on it.

“I’m glad to see there’s going to be something because road safety is paramount. I’ve put it out for residents to come back to me and we’ll see what comes out of it.

“I’ll be relying on the community’s feedback to see how we can make something that works for everybody.”

Residents can detail which plans they prefer by visiting or email or call 0300 300 0380 or writing to environment and infrastructure at Renfrewshire House in Paisley’s Cotton Street.

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