Workers replace fence at stretch where teen died in Grangemouth

Work is now being carried out on the border between Beancross Road and the M9
Work is now being carried out on the border between Beancross Road and the M9

A shortcut leading to the M9 motorway which a teenager made a fatal decision to take two years ago has now been fenced off.

Michael Easton (13) was trying to get back home to Polmont after a night in Grangemouth back in 2013 and used the shortcut through the trees off Beancross Road near Rannoch Park.

Now, almost two years to the day of his death, workers from Amey have been carrying out landscaping and fencing improvements near the site where friends and family lay tributes to Michael.

The Grangemouth High School pupil’s body was discovered in the early hours of Saturday, April 27, on the westbound carriageway of the M9 between junctions 5 and 6. It is believed he was struck by a vehicle while trying to cross the motorway.

His family were devastated by his death, stating: “He was a quiet and well-behaved boy who would have helped anybody and loved his family deeply.”

In May, 2013 police traced a driver and vehicle believed to be involved in the tragic incident but no further action was taken.

Amey would not say if the work being carried out was specifically related to the fatal incident, but did confirm it was a safety measure.

A South East Trunk Roads Unit spokesman said: “The landscaping and fencing works are being undertaken at the request of Transport Scotland’s Strategic Road Safety team to ensure the security of the carriageway and the safety of the travelling public

“Work will be completed at the end of the month.”