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“What will it take?”: Residents hit out at council for ignoring dangerous driving warnings as 64-year-old cyclist dies in fatal collision

Locals have blamed the council for failing to curb speeding motorists which could have saved the cyclist’s life, despite warning them five years ago

Glasgow residents have criticised the council for not listening to their warnings about motorists speeding and driving dangerously in the neighbourhood for almost five years, after a 64-year-old cyclist died following a fatal collision last week.

Those living in Bridgeton’s Fielden Place warned Glasgow City Council “someone would be killed” on the B763 Fielden Street. Official documents show the residents pleaded to the local authority to intervene as far back as September 2018, when another cyclist lost his life on the road.

However people have accused the council of failing to act despite the warnings after cyclist John Morton from Paisley was struck by a driver with a grey Audi A3 on the busy B763 on May 29. He was taken to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital after the crash, where he died two days later.

While the enquiries by Police Scotland are ongoing, residents had earlier complained about speeding motorists driving dangerously along the main road before turning into the smaller Fielden Place to use it as a “drag strip”.

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The complaint document submitted to the council, as reported by Glasgow Times, reads: “We, the residents of Fielden Place, are in desperate need of road changes on Fielden Place and the B763. Cars are coming off the B763, Fielden Street, coming round the blind corner in excess speeds of well over 40mph and using Fielden Place as a drag strip. The speeds and dangerous driving is beyond belief.

“The amount of car collisions and near misses of people and kids nearly being hit by a car is unreal. Please act on this and do not wait until someone is injured or, even worse, killed by the careless and reckless driving.”

Neighbours have now said Mr Morton’s death could have been avoided had traffic calming measures been put in place earlier.

John Morton, 64-year-old Glasgow cyclist (Police Scotland)

John Morton, 64-year-old Glasgow cyclist (Police Scotland)

One resident said: “Glasgow City Council need to step their game up, this death could have been avoided. As residents, we have called and complained about this junction many times … what will it take? The amount of near misses on this street every day is frightening.”

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A spokesperson for Glasgow City Council said it was supporting police in the investigation. They said: “We were shocked and saddened by the death of Mr Morton and our thoughts are with his family and friends at what will be a very difficult time.

“The incident on Fielden Street is under investigation by Police Scotland and it would be inappropriate to comment on any of the circumstances around the death of Mr Morton at this stage.

“We always support the police in an investigation into any serious road traffic incidents to ensure possible, contributing factors are fully considered. If police make any recommendations to the council following such an investigation appropriate action will be taken.”

Adwitiya joined in 2023 as a news writer after completing his masters in journalism from Cardiff University. His dissertation focused on active travel, which soon threw him into the deep end of covering everything related to the two-wheeled tool, and now cycling is as big a part of his life as guitars and football. He also covers local and national politics for Voice Wales, and sometimes writes about science, tech and the environment. Living right next to the Taff trail in the Welsh capital, you can find him riding his bike on the scenic routes, fighting his urge to stop pedalling and click photographs (apparently not because he's bonking).

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Oldfatgit | 745 posts | 2 months ago

I cycled through this junction twice yesterday (05/07/23) - about 0745 and about 1615.
At 0745, the control buttons were still bagged.
1615, the control buttons are no longer bagged ... however they do not show a cycle on them, it's a standard pedestrian crossing box.
Eastbound, you have to diagonally from the westbound cycle path to pick up the eastbound cycle path in the opposite side of the road.
You get around 5 seconds to make the 48m journey... the guy I watched yesterday who was somewhat portly and on an MTB, got halfway across before the east/ west lights changed back to green.

There's nothing to tell you that the buttons control the cycle crossing as its a pedestrian crossing as well.

Bit of signage and a longer crossing duration, and it *might* be OK.

I've video if enough people want to see it.

leipreachan | 87 posts | 3 months ago

The problem is very simple. Council doesn't care until the carelessness has consequences.

The council won't get a fine, the advisors won't be publicly shamed, no one will be punished. Why bother?

Secret_squirrel | 3194 posts | 3 months ago

Interesting when I did my speed awareness course (no cyclists involved) I was told every abnormal appearance of street furniture, extra limit signs, road marking etc was due to a KSI in the vicinity. 

Assuming this is true it begs the question what was done after the first death, and was the council negligent in not doing anything. 

kil0ran replied to Secret_squirrel | 2914 posts | 3 months ago

I grew up near to a notorious junction which accounted for a fatality every five years or so. It was only when a Mum and her twins were killed that changes were made. Zero fatalities since and that was probably 30 years ago now.

HoldingOn | 441 posts | 3 months ago

Good for the residents trying to do something about it.

Shame on the council for ignoring them.

Another life needlessly lost.

danhopgood replied to HoldingOn | 99 posts | 3 months ago

I used to work on motorway and trunk road improvement schemes.  Road casualty statistics are used to identify locations for improvements, prioritised based on available funding.  Thus there's a value assigned to life.  If the improvements needed are expensive, something  very bad has always needed  to happen before anything is done.  I suspect the issue here is funding cuts have meant several very bad things are now required for menaingful  action.  The population voted for a government with a tax cutting agenda - so the bottom line is that's less money for all sorts of things - road safety included.

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