Roads chiefs have come under fire for “doing nothing” to address ongoing concerns about a dangerous Johnstone crossroads where a pensioner was killed last year.

After two elderly women, one of whom tragically died, were knocked down at the junction of Walkinshaw Street and High Street last October, Renfrewshire Council carried out a survey to establish what could be done to improve safety.

But 10 months on from the horror incident, no changes have been made, with Councillor Derek Bibby receiving reports of a number of near misses in the meantime.

The Labour man said concerns were first raised about the junction three-and-a-half years ago and worried residents are now feeling ignored by officials.

“Three-and-a-half years since the problems were first raised, nothing has been done by the council to address the issues identified by residents of Dimity Street, High Street and the Walkinshaw Street junction and surrounding area,” said Councillor Bibby, who represents the area of Johnstone North.

“The problems were again highlighted last autumn when the worst fears of residents were realised with an accident in which one elderly woman tragically died and another was hospitalised.

“Ten months on and the situation remains unchanged.

“Residents and others are asking what else has to happen before the area receives attention and why their concerns are being ignored. They believe there are still safety issues at the junction for both pedestrians and drivers, with further reports of near misses.”

Council bosses insist they are working on a proposal for the junction after receiving responses from more than 150 residents.

Officers have said they will engage with the community again before going ahead with any new measures.

As the busy town centre junction is near a sheltered housing complex and Johnstone’s main Post Office, there are often a lot of elderly people trying to navigate their way around the area.

Councillor Andy Doig, who also represents the area, said many pensioners need “eyes in the back of their head” to cross at the junction.

Councillor Bibby said speeding drivers who race down Dimity Street towards the crossroads are making the problem worse.

He added: “The need for speeding to be dealt with and traffic calming measures to improve safety can no longer be delayed and I am calling on the council’s ruling administration to immediately make clear to the people of Johnstone what options are being considered.”

Police were forced to shut down roads around the junction for several hours following the accident on October 29.

A council spokesman said: “Although Police Scotland’s investigation of this incident didn’t identify any issues with the road that contributed to the accident, we carried out a survey of the local community to ensure this junction is as safe as possible for those who use it.

“We received more than 150 responses from residents, community organisations and elected members and officers are currently working on a proposal for this junction.

“Once complete, we will again engage with the local community before proceeding with any design to ensure that it is considered suitable for the local area.”