Plea after Falkirk boy is hurt

A campaign has begun to ease traffic problems on Tryst Road.
A campaign has begun to ease traffic problems on Tryst Road.
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Residents have launched a safety campaign after a child was knocked down on a busy street.

The 10-year-old boy was hit by a car in Tryst Road, Stenhousemuir, on Monday as he was walking to school.

The Stenhousemuir Primary pupil was taken to Forth Valley Royal Hospital and it is understood had to have pins inserted in his leg following the collision, which happened at 8.40 a.m. near School Walk.

Although the cause of the accident has not been established, the incident has prompted locals to step up a campaign for road traffic calming measures to the street, which connects the busy Bellsdyke Road with Stenhousemuir town centre.

Kevin Tetsill (34) has lived on Tryst Road for seven years and says residents have been desperate for action for some time.

The dad of two, with another on the way, said: “This road simply wasn’t built to deal with the volume of traffic now using it. The road and pavements are very narrow and I have seen people get clipped by wing mirrors as impatient motorists get too close to pedestrians.”

A traffic survey revealed an average of 4500 vehicles use the street every day and in April The Falkirk 
Herald reported residents’ fears that these factors meant it was an accident waiting to happen.

Mr Tetsill said: “Whenever anyone has asked for traffic calming measures to be put in place, the council has responded by saying there are other streets with more accidents that are in line before us. It’s ridiculous that we had to wait for a child to be injured - now maybe something will be done.”

In recent years the area surrounding Stenhousemuir Primary has lost two crossing patrols and while Foundry Loan, which connects the new housing developments in the area to Larbert, has had traffic calming measures put in place, Tryst Road has been left untouched.

Local councillor Steven Carleschi agrees the road is not fit to deal with the volume of traffic and says something must be done.

He added: “This recent accident has clearly shown the removal of a crossing patrol in this area has not helped either. I have got agreement that once the bridge works are complete on Bellsdyke Road a full traffic assessment will be undertaken on Tryst Road to identify what is the best way forward to deal with this issue.”

A spokesperson for Falkirk Council said: “We will contact the police to establish whether their investigations into the circumstances of the accident indicate that further engineering measures require consideration.

“The incident occurred within the 20mph speed limit around the school.

“This should mean that traffic is travelling at an appropriate speed to minimise the likelihood and severity of any accident.”

A Facebook group has been launched to campaign for change on Tryst Road. Search for Tryst Road Traffic 
Calming Campaign for further details.