Linlithgow pavement-less road "an accident waiting to happen"

A Linlithgow man has called on the council to install pavement along a road popular with local walkers.

Thursday, 15th April 2021, 11:36 am
Gilbert Clark believes pavement on one side of the B8029 Mill Road Linlithgow is urgently needed for about 250 metres south from the Industrial Estate.

Gilbert Clark believes a pavement on one side of the B8029 Mill Road is urgently needed for about 250 metres south from the Industrial Estate to the start of Fishers Brae path.

He said: “The footpath to Fishers Brae is very popular, and this is also a section of the John Muir Way. The grass verges bear testament to the popularity.

“Last weekend, I passed 18 walkers on this short section of road, all having to share the space with road traffic, and the blind summit of the bridge makes this an accident waiting to happen.

The B8029 Mill Road Linlithgow.

"I have written repeatedly to the council and councillors, but without progress, with the lack of serious accidents being quoted as not making this a priority.

"I am sure this would be a better use of our taxes than the poorly thought out and flood prone temporary pavement widenings we have had constructed.”

A West Lothian Council spokesperson said: “The nature of this section of the route was assessed at the time of the John Muir Way designation when various route options were considered and the use of the relatively short sections of grass verge on the west side of Mill Road was considered to be acceptable.

"The lack of a footway does mean that walkers have to be cautious walking on the verge or road if they decide to do so. The council will be engaging with partners to determine any avenues that could gain funding to allow a project of this nature to be considered.”