THE end is finally near for a long-running saga to introduce two crossings on a dangerous Linwood road. 

Plans for safety measures on Bridge of Weir Road have been hit by delays since the community called for their introduction after the death of pensioner Elizabeth Dunnion. 

The 85-year-old was knocked down and killed on the road last October. 

Her daughter Carolann Denvir has campaigned tirelessly for the safety measures to be introduced and had hoped for them to be in place to mark one year since her mother’s death.

Her hopes were dashed by Scottish Power repair works, leading council officers to propose a change of location to one of the crossings, which will be considered at a public meeting next month. 

Councillor Jim Sheridan, who represents Linwood, admitted his “frustration” over the delays as he reiterated his desire to see the crossings in place before winter. 

He told The Gazette: “I am a bit frustrated at the length of time this has taken but that, of course, was down to Scottish Power. The quicker we can now get the crossings in place, the better.

“People understand the reasons for the delay but they have been frustrated by the length of time it has taken even if it is a worthwhile cause.

“I think it is now crucial we have them in place before winter and the dark months which will make the road even more dangerous.

“But, I must say, the council officers have been brilliant and incredibly tolerant during the whole process.”

Initial plans were drawn up to have a crossing near Hart Street and another at Abernethy Drive. But now residents will be asked to approve one outside St Conval’s. 

Cllr Sheridan added: “Hopefully, people will turn up and share their views and hopefully they will understand the rationale we have for moving the crossing.

“We hope this crossing will make a difference but you still won’t be able to legislate for selfish drivers who choose to speed.” 

A Renfrewshire Council spokesperson said: “We’ve listened and worked closely with the local community in Linwood to ensure that we improve safety on Bridge of Weir Road for all residents and visitors.

“Two new zebra crossings due to be installed have been delayed by Scottish Power repair works and, after a site visit, we’ve also been asked by community representatives to consider an alternative location for one of the crossings.

“We’re holding a public meeting to allow the whole community to have their say on the final location of the crossings and works will take place following their final decision.”