Re­lief road

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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

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