Speed gun police focus on Granton rat run

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Police will use handheld radar guns to crack down on speeders on a busy rat run which does not have any road signs.

Fears have been growing that an accident is waiting to happen on West Granton Access Road, where motorists have been exceeding the 30mph speed limit as the road is not signed.

It is also fitted with a traffic light crossing which is not working, to the ire of local residents.

But some relief could be in sight as Police Scotland chiefs have revealed they are going to crack down on the traffic blackspot with increased radar gun patrols.

Robert Pearson, chairman of the Tenants and Residents in Muirhouse group, said he felt compelled to speak out after he saw a woman “nearly hit by a car” on the route, which follows the track of the old Caledonian railway line towards Granton Harbour.

He said: “It doesn’t have any signs that identify which speed it is. There is no pedestrian crossing.

“Each driver’s perception of a road is completely different. It’s not the motorists’ fault either. I’m trying to get something done before someone gets killed.”

Sara Dorman, a regular walker and cyclist on the route, said: “Why can’t they make the crossing live? The off-road path running alongside the road is well-used, but you can’t get from the housing areas to that path without taking your life into your own hands.”

Inspector Davie Happs from Police Scotland said: “In order to reduce accidents and casualties on our roads, we will be deploying local officers with handheld radars to provide a visible deterrent to those who speed, especially to those sites where speed has been a contributing factor in collisions.

“It is important residents inform the roads department of any issues regarding the condition of the road, signage or street lighting, to ensure any issues are rectified.”

A council spokeswoman said: “The council is investigating the crossing at West Granton Access Road. As this is a lit road the speed limit is 30mph. In the instance of a driver breaking this limit, the council will liaise with the police who are responsible for enforcement of the speed limit.”

David Spaven, convener of Living Streets Edinburgh, which campaigns for better conditions for pedestrians, said: “Improved enforcement of speed limits is a very good idea but the police can’t be there all the time.”