Calls for action at Lower Granton Road blackspot

Accident on Lower Granton Road. Pic from Edinburgh's Worst Drivers.
Accident on Lower Granton Road. Pic from Edinburgh's Worst Drivers.
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A CAR which crashed into two parked vehicles, sending them careering into houses on a notorious accident blackspot, today sparked fresh calls for further safety measures.

A Fiat Punto travelling along Lower Granton Road hit the parked cars in the early hours of Sunday morning, causing them to ram into a pair of terraced houses which were damaged by the impact.

Accident on Lower Granton Road.

Accident on Lower Granton Road.

The 20-year-old man driving the Fiat and his passenger were taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for treatment for minor injuries, and police are investigating the circumstances of the 3.40am incident.

The latest smash has prompted demands for safety work in the street, where more than 100 accidents have been reported since 1999.

Electronic speeding signs and a pedestrian crossing have been added to the road in recent years following campaigns by residents.

The removal of a double bend is to be completed this week in a bid to reduce the accident rate.

However, Tory councillor Allan Jackson said some residents believe the road still needs to be widened at the west end between Wardie Steps and Granton Square where the greatest danger lies.

He said: “It’s a narrow road with houses very close to the street. There have been suggestions the road could be widened but other people think it might make the problem worse by increasing traffic flow.

“If the residents want to get together and come up with solutions, I would be more than happy to go to the council and fight for them. If getting the road widened is the general consensus, I will fight for that.

“The work at Trinity Crescent to get rid of the double bend should be finished this week. But residents are worried there will be more traffic after that. The situation is quite ridiculous. Some drivers are going too fast, particularly when the road is quieter.”

One resident said; “The stretch of road from 100 to 145 Lower Granton Road is an accident blackspot. There have been at least 15 houses that have been damaged in the past ten years”.

Council chiefs have used funds to realign the junction at Lower Granton Road, Trinity Crescent and Trinity Road. But some residents have criticised the scheme, claiming it will “make it easier for cars to speed”.

Councillor Lesley Hinds, the city’s transport leader, said: “There is work ongoing on Trinity Crescent and Lower Granton Road that was agreed by the council, with council funding, as well as Forth Ports.

“This will improve the layout for cyclists, pedestrians and the flow of traffic. These plans were consulted with local residents”.

A city council spokeswoman said: “The council has looked into possible measures to reduce the impact of traffic on the road and has introduced electronic speed limit signs and several new pedestrian crossings. We will, however, continue to liaise with residents about their concerns.”

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Officers were called to Lower Granton Road at around 3.50am on Sunday after a car collided with two parked vehicles. Inquiries are ongoing.”