Opponents say road is “not needed and not wanted”
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.”