South Lanarkshire Council has given the controversial Cathkin Relief Road the green light.
Residents opposed to the plan were visibly upset by the decision yesterday.
Councillors voted through the plans despite over 460 individual objections.
South Lanarkshire have insisted the new Cathkin Relief Road which was given the go ahead yesterday (Tuesday ) will alleviate congestion in the Rutherglen area.
Planning permission for the £21million Cathkin Relief Road was unanimously granted by the council’s Planning Committee.
Councillor Hugh Dunsmuir, Chair of the Committee, welcomed the decision and said: “This new road will alleviate congestion and relieve pressure on Rutherglen town centre, which will be increasingly important because traffic is widely expected to increase as the economy grows.
“This new road will help tackle congestion hotspots and ensure that traffic flow is maintained and will improve capacity on the network.
“It will also bring several other important benefits.
“It will help to grow the local economy, it will improve the reliability of public transport, it will increase road safety and it will reduce pollution as the road network will operate more efficiently with reduced congestion. Improvements will also be undertaken to the footway, cycle network and green space areas surrounding the new road.”
The single-carriageway road is due to open by the end of next year.
The £1.13billion Glasgow and Clyde Valley City Deal is an agreement between the UK Government, the Scottish Government and eight local authorities across Glasgow and the Clyde Valley and will see total investment in the South Lanarkshire area of around £170m.
No way through Opposition to the road has been intense