MP Gavin Newlands has visited a traffic blackspot in Linwood to see what can be done to make the road safer for pedestrians.
Saturn Avenue is a busy access road which leads up to the Phoenix retail park shops including Asda. It has no crossings for pedestrians
Newlands, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, joined local community activists in a meeting with Renfrewshire Council representatives to discuss what can be done to make the road safer for those crossing.
Last week a 5-year-old girl was knocked down at McDonald’s, which is on Saturn Avenue. The injured girl was taken to the Royal Alexander Hospital in Paisley with minor injuries last Monday.
Gavin said: “After receiving a number of complaints from constituents over the lack of any safe means to cross this road, I visited it to see for myself the safety issues that they are rightly concerned about.
“Anyone who visits the Phoenix to shop or to work will be aware that this stretch of road is horrendously busy and can easily get clogged with traffic. The volume of traffic combined with the lack of any safe means of crossing this road is extremely concerning and I’m not surprised with the number of concerns that have been raised on this matter.
“I visited the site myself a number of weeks ago and made it known to some of the businesses, including Asda and McDonald’s that we were looking at this issue.
“Last week, I met with representatives from Renfrewshire Council to find out more about what can be done to help make the road safer for pedestrians. I look forward to working with them and the community to find a solution to this problem.”
Local activist, Brian McGuire, and owner of popular community site Paisley.org.uk highlighted the issue on his Facebook page last week. He asked members to put across ideas of what could be done in the area to make it safer for pedestrians.
Brain said: “Responses were superb and we all have the same idea, something needs to be done.
“Gavin is fully behind something happening and it’s now down to the council to evaluate it. Local businesses we spoke to are happy with possible road changes being made to Saturn Avenue and hopefully, we can get cross-party support.
Gavin, Brian and other activists had a meeting with the Council on Tuesday morning. Brain said: “I’m not sure I was happy with the council response. Someone will be injured. Knocked down or even killed before something’s done in the street.”
A Renfrewshire Council spokesperson said: “The safety of our road users and pedestrians is paramount and we recognise the concerns raised regarding Saturn Road.
“We will consider all the potential options to make the road safer and will work towards to the most appropriate solution.”