Traffic on one of Dundee’s busiest stretches of road could be forced to negotiate two new sets of traffic lights, the Tele can reveal.
Proposals have been put forward to install two light-controlled pedestrian crossings on the Kingsway, between the Forfar Road and Old Glamis Road junctions.
The planned move has sparked fears that a busy stretch of road, which already sees long queues in both directions during peak times, will become more congested — particularly eastbound where drivers currently face a series of lights at Forfar Road.
However, the council insists it won’t lead to further tailbacks and some locals have welcomed improved access to areas like Caird Park.
The crossings would be added at Graham Street and Mains Loan, using a share of Scottish Government’s Cycling, Walking and Safer Streets (CWSS) funding.
Part of the thinking behind the move is to improve cycling links between different parts of Dundee.
The council sees the Kingsway as a “major barrier” for cyclists or pedestrians wanting to travel to the north or south of the city.
Councillor Lynne Short, city development convener, told the Tele: “If the committee approves this item on Monday night these light-controlled crossings will allow people from communities south of the Kingsway to get easier access to Caird Park.
“The crossings will be installed at either end of the park, at Graham Street and Mains Loan, with the cost being met from the CWSS money allocated to the council.”
Ms Short said that the lights would work on an “on-demand” basis. She added: “The lights wouldn’t stop you every time you’re driving along. It’s not stopping traffic all the time.
“It’s just giving people the ability to get across the road without a risk of getting knocked down.”
Retired police officer Ian MacLeod, 60, is one of those who fears the impact of the move.
He said: “It’s a shambles at the Forfar Road junction as it is. There’s a lot of traffic already and this will make the congestion 10 times worse.
“I used to work in traffic and there used to be sit-downs with somebody from the police, and somebody from the council, and they would discuss these things before they went ahead. You don’t get that these days.”
Alison Sorrie, 57, who lives close to the Kingsway and drives the route frequently, said it was a “bad move”.
She added: “I think this will lead to a lot of accidents if people aren’t paying attention and don’t know the road very well, or if they haven’t driven along it for a few months and aren’t expecting the change. It’ll be absolutely terrible.”
Fiona Hyams, 62, from Glasgow, uses the Kingsway when driving to Aberdeen to visit family.
She said: “I find it’s very congested and very difficult to get through here. Two pedestrian crossings would be too detrimental to the flow of traffic — just one would be better.”
However, Alan Smith, who lives close to where the proposed Mains Loan crossing could be said it was a “wonderful idea”.
The 61-year-old says he crosses the road up to three times a day to walk his dogs and doesn’t believe traffic will be inconvenienced.
He said: “The traffic is usually backed up to Graham Street at least, — so they might as well make it safer to cross.
“Half the time I’ve got to dodge in and out of stopped cars and look to see if the other lane of traffic is moving in order to get across the road.”
Fiona Morton, 80, lives across the road from Caird Park.
She said she wouldn’t be opposed to the lights being installed.
She said: “This is a busy road and there are already lights at Forfar Road stopping traffic — that’s usually my chance to pull out in my car and get away. I appreciate it can be difficult for people crossing the other side of the Kingsway so it would help them to cross.”