Drivers urged to slow down at crossings

Ellon & District councillor Anouk Kloppert with Police Constable Raegan Gilbertson at the Hospital Road crossing
Ellon & District councillor Anouk Kloppert with Police Constable Raegan Gilbertson at the Hospital Road crossing

Drivers in Ellon have been urged to slow down when approaching zebra crossings in the town.

The appeal comes following concerns from local residents who have stated that motorists often ignore pedestrians and cyclists who are waiting to cross.

Parents walking their children to school reported the issue to Ellon & District councillor, Anouk Kloppert.

The crossing at Hospital Road was highlighted as a particular concern.

In a letter to cllr Kloppert, one resident stated that overgrown trees and bushes on Hospital Road obstructed vision for those wishing to use the crossing from the woods and golf clubhouse side of the road.

They added that the obstructing greenery made it difficult for parents and youngsters walking to school to see what was approaching the crossing.

After bringing the matter to the attention of Aberdeenshire Council, the greenery was cut back, improving visability for everyone.

Cllr Kloppert met with Ellon Police Constable Raegan Gilbertson at the Hospital Road crossing on Thursday, June 21, to discuss the concerns.

Speaking to the Times, cllr Kloppert said: “I am very happy to support the message of the Police for cyclists to carefully approach these Zebra crossings, especially when they are very fast and agile young cyclists.

“Yesterday, I watched cyclists crossing at Hospital Road, and some of them would not stop to come off their bikes.

“However I would stress to drivers that the road at Hospital Road goes in a slight bend, and that both the drivers and those waiting to cross from the east side of the road, can see each other only with great difficulty, even after the greenery has been cut back by the council.

“Please to all involved make Ellon a safe place, and anticipate there may be other road users at these crossings wishing to get across both cars, cyclists and pedestrians.

“Please anticipate you may have to stop for these type of crossings and drive at the speed that is according to road conditions and time of the day.

“Allow pedestrians plenty of time to cross and above all, you must give way once people have moved onto the crossing.”