So­lu­tions to town’s traf­fic

East Kilbride News - - EAST KILBRIDE VIEW -

Dear Ed­i­tor,

Although res­i­dent out­with East Kil­bride for 16 years, I did re­side at three sep­a­rate ad­dresses within it over a pe­riod of 32 years (Driven to dis­trac­tion, Novem­ber 1).

Also, I con­tinue pe­ri­od­i­cally to use EK’s road in­fra­struc­ture as a PCV driver and would of­fer my views which may ‘sum up’ the sit­u­a­tions sur­round­ing this proposal.

Coun­cil­lor Jim Ward­haugh may be un­con­vinced that cir­cum­stances, at least con­fined to the said stretch of road, war­rant the case for ‘du­alling’.

How­ever, in the con­text of a wider range of in­ter­ests, I am open to there be­ing a vi­able case for rad­i­cal changes to Green­hills Road.

Per­haps Stroud Road is op­er­at­ing above its in­tended ca­pac­ity. To that end, traf­fic en­ter­ing leav­ing EK via A749 and A725 cor­ri­dors to/from Green­hills res­i­den­tial area may be dis­suaded from us­ing Stroud Road in favour of ne­go­ti­at­ing Tor­rance round­about.

If, how­ever, those in­ter­ests are not a con­trib­u­tor then I would wel­come that fund­ing be de­ployed else­where.

I do share Mr Ward­haugh’s ob­ser­va­tion that Birniehill Round­about (as with all sim­i­larly con­fig­ured junc­tions in/around the town cen­tre, plus Whirlies) ex­pe­ri­ences chronic con­ges­tion, es­pe­cially dur­ing peak pe­ri­ods.

Could the grazed road­sides not be con­verted into bus lanes?

This need not com­pro­mise cur­rent pedes­trian & cy­cle pro­vi­sion.

Talk­ing of sus­tain­able modes of travel, cues ought to be taken from the A723’s clever el­e­vated walk­ways (in the vicin­ity of M74’s junc­tion 6) and ap­ply­ing a com­pa­ra­ble ap­proach to the Whirlies round­about.

Ob­vi­ously a dom­i­nant flow of cy­cle traf­fic would re­quire to be de­ter­mined to negate the need for an elab­o­rate look­ing tan­gle of pas­sages. Andy McIn­tyre, via email

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