Op­po­nents say road is “not needed and not wanted”

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Op­po­nents to the Cathkin Re­lief Road said this week the pro­ject would ac­tu­ally in­crease traf­fic in the area.

Af­ter read­ing the coun­cil’s busi­ness case, Alan McLen­nan of the Cathkin Re­lief Road Op­po­si­tion Group said: “I can­not see how this road would have any ef­fect in eas­ing con­ges­tion in the cen­tre of Ruther­glen.

“I would sug­gest that if the road is built and the traf­fic along Cathkin By­pass in­creases, as pre­dicted by SLC, by 164 per cent, then that will have the ef­fect of in­creas­ing traf­fic at the junction of Main Street and Mill Street in the cen­tre of Ruther­glen, thus in­creas­ing con­ges­tion.

“The ex­ist­ing road struc­ture in the area is per­fectly ad­e­quate and I am at a loss to see how the new road would im­prove ac­ces­si­bil­ity for ar­eas of high de­pri­va­tion.

“The Board Mem­bers of the City Deal should look very care­fully at this pro­posal, be­fore com­mit­ting any public money to­wards it. The road is not needed, it is not wanted and if built will prove to be a waste of £21.6 mil­lion and will de­stroy a much used and val­ued lim­ited greenspace re­source in the area.”

How­ever, Mr McLen­nan did welcome the pro­posed re­align­ment of the Croft­foot Road/Fern­hill Road/Mill Street/ Blair­beth Road junction: “That sec­tion of the pro­posal, if im­ple­mented, would in it­self al­le­vi­ate much of the peak hour con­ges­tion at the end of Croft­foot Road.”

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