Cambusbarron residents' safety fears over 'boy racers' speeding on village road

By Alastair McNeill

Cambusbarron residents believe a serious accident could occur if action isn’t taken to stop ‘boy racers’ speeding on a village street.

It follows a number of recent accidents on St Ninians Road between Home Farm Road and the motorway bridge over the past few months.

On Saturday, September 25 a man was taken to hospital following a crash involving two cars on St Ninians Road at 2pm.

One of the vehicles flipped on its roof on the pavement.

And on Friday, July 9 a man was taken to hospital after a car struck a wall at 6.50pm.

A concerned resident in nearby Home Farm Road claims that young motorists were responsible and called for the introduction of road safety measures.

She said: “This is a serious traffic issue. St Ninians Road, a 30mph zone, has a high volume of pedestrian traffic.

“It’s a school route for both Cambusbarron Primary School and Stirling High School.

“And many dog walkers, families, cyclists and runners use the pavement there.

“The most recent incident resulted in a car flipping and ending up on the pavement on its roof. It’s a miracle that no-one walking on the pavement got hurt.

“This was the third car accident in under 12 months on that stretch of St Ninians Road.

“There is a lot of concern that someone will be injured or killed.”

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She added: “It has always been young male drivers, driving irresponsibly and carelessly with no thought for pedestrian safety, properties or even their own safety.

“The speed limit should be reduced and traffic calming measures introduced.

“I’m worried that it’ll take someone being injured - or worse - before measures are taken to improve road safety on the road.

“We’d like to see a reduction to 20mph on St Ninians Road and physical traffic calming measures like speed bumps.”

Area Commander Chief Inspector Gill Marshall, said: “Improving road safety is a priority for Police Scotland.

“Officers from Forth Valley Division and our colleagues in Roads Policing routinely carry out enforcement activity to deter speeding and detect those who choose to break the law.

The chief inspector added: “Priority is given to locations where there have been previous collisions where speed was a factor as well as areas with vulnerable road users, such as near schools and areas with a number of pedestrians and cyclists.

“We are also aware of the adverse impact anti-social use of vehicles can have on a community and will take action against anyone found to be causing an offence.

“I would urge anyone with concerns about road safety or anti-social behaviour involving vehicles to contact Police Scotland.

“We use all information we receive to inform enforcement activity and our patrols.”

A Stirling Council spokesperson said: “We understand the safety concerns from local residents. The council’s Roads Team will keep this under review and take action if required.”


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