New 20mph Speed Limit in Kirkintilloch

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East Dunbartonshire Council has announced it is to introduce a new speed limit in Kirkintilloch town centre. The current speed limit of 30mph will be reduced to 20mph in and around the town centre of Kirkintilloch after the improvements works, currently ongoing, are completed.

In a statement released today, East Dunbartonshire Council have stated the following regarding the new speed limit in Kirkintilloch:

Pioneering plans to make Kirkintilloch town centre more attractive and accessible for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport are forging ahead.

The Council is progressing proposals to introduce a 20mph speed limit – tying in with ambitious work currently underway in the town.

A recent meeting of the Development and Regeneration Committee authorised officers to progress the necessary Traffic Regulation Order.

The new speed limit will apply on West High Street, High Street, Cowgate, Catherine Street, David Donnelly Place and Broadcroft. It will also affect parts of Union Street, Kerr Street and Alexandra Street.

The new speed limit is due to be introduced when work is completed on the town centre.

A rolling programme of improvements and investment is currently underway. The Cowgate public realm project – a key part of Kirkintilloch Town Centre Masterplan – has been designed following extensive consultation with residents, community groups, businesses, charities and stakeholders.

Around £2million is being invested in the town centre’s streets and pavements, with support from Sustrans and Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT).

A range of improvements have already been delivered in the town centre – including Barleybank, West High Street, Townhead and Broadcroft.

Work is taking place to remove street clutter, narrow carriageways, widen footways, and install raised tables and courtesy crossings in the Cowgate area.

There will be two new controlled crossings and traffic lights – in Catherine Street and Kerr Street – as well as the existing controlled crossing at Barleybank.

Work is being carried out in phases and will be completed before summer 2017.

Pedestrian access is being maintained at all times and businesses are open as usual.

East Dunbartonshire Council Leader Rhondda Geekie said,

“The 20mph limit is a key element of ongoing work to reshape, redesign and refresh Kirkintilloch town centre.

“The Masterplan is an innovative set of works which will rebalance the town centre in favour of pedestrians and cyclists, while maintaining accessibility for public transport, delivery traffic and private vehicles.

“I would once again urge everyone to support their local shops and businesses while work is carried out. Pedestrian access and public transport links are being maintained throughout.

“We have met with traders and will continue working with them to provide support while improvements and investment continue.

“Encouraging more people to walk around and spend time in Kirkintilloch town centre is crucial to its longevity, vitality and future prosperity.”

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