- The junction is a key cycle route especially between Kings Buildings and George Square (much used by students)
- The junction has an unenviable casualty record including another serious collision involving a cyclist in May this year.
- Safe Routes to Schools have been campaigning for some time to have safety measures implemented at this junction
- Council engineers have looked at the junction and, after consideration of a number of alternative schemes, have recommended putting traffic lights at the junction. This would involve removing and incorporating the pedestrian crossing south of the junction, and removing the current blisters a few yards along West Savile Terrace.
- The scheme proposed would cost around £200,000 and money has been identified to make it happen if the proposal is approved. If the consultation shows divided opinions it is likely to go to the Transport Committee for a decision.
I have spoken with many people who consider something must be done. I agree. However, my view is that this is an expensive scheme and that the money would be better spent with more minor traffic arrangements (signs, road markings etc) and use the remainder of the available money to upgrade the George Square to Kings Buildings cycle route which is a separate project (currently underfunded).