Speed bumps to be installed at Winchburgh “rat runs”

Speed bumps stock photo.
Speed bumps stock photo.

Councillors have welcomed  agreement to install speed humps on roads around Winchburgh which have become  rush hour “rat runs”.

Almost 800 cars a day are  using the narrow Niddry Farm Road and the B8020 Niddry Road to avoid Broxburn town centre. Police patrols there have clocked speeding vehicles  travelling well in excess of 30mph.

Roads Network Manager, Gordon Brown, told a meeting of West Lothian Council’s Executive that council policy was to install traffic calming measures  based on accident figures. In both areas there were several incidents but no reported accident injuries.

The council has nevertheless agreed to install speed humps and extend the 30mph zone. Funding for the work will be split 50/50 between the council and the private firm Winchburgh Developments Ltd, which will also carry out the work.

Police have also voiced concerns that the problem will get worse on both roads as more and more drivers use the routes to access main roads into  Edinburgh and the motorways.

In his report to the Executive Mr Brown said: “All four ward members have been consulted and support these proposals. Councillor [Diane] Calder commented that she is delighted that speed mitigation measures are being introduced in these locations.”

At the meeting Cllr Chris Horne said he was “delighted” at the proposals. “These have been a long time coming for the residents,” he added.