Braes road is a ‘rat run’

Campaigners are calling for lower speed limit on Nicolton Road at Rumford
Campaigners are calling for lower speed limit on Nicolton Road at Rumford

Campaigners in the Braes have labelled a rural road a “rat run” and are calling for traffic calming measures to be installed.

Maddiston and Brightons community councils say Nicolton Road, which runs from Rumford down to Gilston close to Lathallan roundabout at Polmont, is now not safe as new house building in the area and the closure of Station Road in Polmont has caused an increase in traffic and speeds.

The road has a national speed limit of 60mph but community councillors and residents want it reduced to 30mph in some parts to make it safer for children and better signage for sharp bends.

A site visit was organised by Upper Braes councillor Gordon Hughes with villagers and representatives from Falkirk Council’s roads department, but the campaigners claim their concerns were ignored and have now written to the Minister for Transport Keith Brown.

A spokesman for Maddiston Community Council said: “The issues we’ve had have increased since the closure of the Polmont railway bridge and the road has become a rat run, particularly in the morning and evenings for commuters from the Braes making their way to work.”

A Falkirk Council spokesman said: “Consideration for lowering a speed limit has to be evidence-led in line with Scottish Government guidance. We have no road safety concerns with vehicle speed or accident data so consider the current limit to be the most appropriate.”