COMMUNITY representatives have welcomed news that a new speed camera is set to be introduced on a busy route through Cardross.

The village’s Main Road has been identified by Safety Camera Scotland as one of 24 locations throughout the country which could have extra safety measures implemented.

The announcement is part of an investment of £675,000 by Transport Scotland to set up additional fixed, mobile and average seed cameras.

Safety Camera Scotland units operate within Police Scotland, with the latest funding being announced by Transport Secretary Michael Matheson.

Their website states: “Through targeted camera enforcement and improving driver behaviour the aim of Safety Cameras Scotland is to reduce the number of casualties on Scotland’s roads.

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“This means our cameras are sited in the areas most in need in terms of road casualty reduction, and deployed primarily where they will have the greatest casualty and collision reduction potential.”

They add that they are “not driven by revenue generation”, but instead “operate to make our roads safer”.

Patrick Trust, convener of Cardross Community Council, said: “I am pleased to hear that a speed camera will be located on the Main Road in Cardross.

“The community council is frequently contacted by residents complaining about speeding motorists passing though the village.

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“The police are now regularly operating patrols to monitor this and we have a monthly police report to our community council meetings from Inspector Roddy MacNeill which has indicated a number of motorists reported to the fiscal and others warned.

“The new camera should slow traffic down.”

Jackie Baillie, Helensburgh and Lomond’s MSP, added: “The investment by Safety Camera Scotland to install a road safety camera on the Main Road in Cardross is a welcome step, as some drivers approach the area at excessive speed.

“This applies to the road at Ardoch too and I hope consideration will be given to a camera or other speed calming measures there.

“We all want to see a safer Cardross and I know many in the local community will welcome moves to make the road safer.”

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