MP calls for Polmont death road to be ugraded to prevent further accidents

Flowers and teddies have been left at the side of road where the accident happened in memory of the family. Picture: Alistair Pryde (141437)
Flowers and teddies have been left at the side of road where the accident happened in memory of the family. Picture: Alistair Pryde (141437)

A road crash which killed a whole family was “an accident waiting to happen”, according to an MP.

Graham Lockhart (23), Shauna Robb (20)and their two children, Tyler David (2) and 11-month-old Arianna Rose Sheryl, were killed when their car hit a lorry on the A801 near Polmont last Wednesday.

It is the third fatal incident on the A801 in two years. The road stretches from the M8 in West Lothian, through the Avon Gorge and down to junction 4 of the M9.

Falkirk East MP Michael Connarty said: “I am distraught for the relatives of this family. The whole section of road between the M8 and M9 needs to be upgraded with a three-lane highway or dual carriageway.

“This was an accident waiting to happen. It’s so tragic.”

The MP has also called on the Scottish Government to fund an upgrade to the road.

Falkirk Council wants to upgrade the Avon Gorge road using Tax Incremental Finance (TIF) for infrastructure investment, but it’s not known when money will be available.

Council leader Craig Martin said: “We were shocked and saddened by this tragic accident and our thoughts are with all of those affected.

“The council has a long-standing commitment to improving the wider road network and also is committed to improving the Avon Gorge approach to the area. However, we cannot deliver the project on its own so we will continue to seek further funding from the Scottish Government and our neighbours.”

The Scottish Government said it will share the cost the council, West Lothian Council and other sources.

A spokesman added: “Our deepest sympathies are with the family and all those whose lives have been affected.

“Upgrade work to the A801 was recognised within the Strategic Transport Projects Review which sets the Scottish Government’s transport investment priorities for the next 20 years.”

The A801 is a main route in the central belt for lorries travelling to and from distribution centres, the Avondale waste centre and Grangemouth Docks.

Mr Connarty says he has campaigned for over 20 years to have the stretch of road upgraded.

In 2012 a 40-year-old man died after his Mercedes E220 collided head on with an articulated lorry on the road and a lorry driver died when his vehicle overturned near the M8 side.

Road policing officers visited the scene of the accident yesterday (Wednesday) to appeal to passing motorists who may have been in the area at the time of the crash for information.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.