Time to put up warning signs

Signage is needed
Signage is needed

Pleas have been made for more warning signs on a road where a fatal accident occurred.

Hallglen man John Martin (37) died when the Honda Civic he was a passenger in rolled over.

The accident occurred around 3.30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 22, at a rural section of Lochgreen Road, Falkirk, close to Greenrigg Cottages.

Three other males, aged 19, 20 and 43, including the driver, were taken by ambulance to Forth Valley Royal Hospital for treatment. All have now been released.

Police investigations into the collision are continuing, but they want to trace the driver of a black Alfa Romeo spotted leaving the scene around the time of the accident.

People living in the area said they constantly see motorists speeding along the road.

The road goes through Callendar Estates’ land, including areas which have recently been opened up as cycle paths.

Once resident said: “Some drivers seem to see the open stretch of road and just put the foot down. But what they don’t realise is that they can suddenly come across a mum or dad with a couple of kids, and all of them are on bikes.

“There are no warning signs and it has the potential to be a tragic accident.”

Central Scotland Police statistics reveal there have been two fatal accidents on the road in the last 10 years, with the previous one in 2008.

There was also a serious collision in 2005 and 10 slight collisions in the last decade.

Guy Wedderburn of Callendar Estates said new signage was a priority following funding being received earlier this year in the form of a LEDA (Local Economic Development Assistance) grant, to further develop the cycle pathway routes around the area.

He said: “The grant is to develop the existing signage to direct people to the paths and also to address safety issues.

“All this takes time. We have to speak to the council’s roads department and this process began three weeks ago.”

A spokesman for Falkirk Council said: “Any requirement for signs to advise of cyclists crossing should have been identified during Callendar Estates’ design of their cycle paths. We’ll make contact with Callendar Estates to establish whether they require to provide additional road signs.”