Cathkin Re­lief Road gets Glas­gow’s sup­port

Rutherglen Reformer - - Info.. Info..Info - Dou­glas Dickie

Glas­gow City Coun­cil this week gave its back­ing to the con­tro­ver­sial Cathkin Re­lief Road through Fern­hill Park.

Mem­bers of the Glas­gow and Clyde Val­ley Cabi­net gave ap­proval to the out­line busi­ness case for the road at a meet­ing yes­ter­day (Tues­day).

As part of the City Deal, Glas­gow will pro­vide fund­ing of £ 346,500 for the £ 21.6mil­lion project.

The road has sparked out­rage among those liv­ing on the route.

Once com­plete, a 7.3m wide car­riage­way will con­nect Cathkin By­pass with Fern­hill Road near the junc­tion with Croft­foot Road.

A re­port to Glas­gow coun­cil­lors said: “Ruther­glen has had a long­stand­ing prob­lem of con­ges­tion in the town cen­tre which has led to air qual­ity prob­lems in par­tic­u­lar.

“The coun­cil wishes to re­move un­de­sir­able through (strate­gic) traf­fic from the town cen­tre and other un­suit­able ra­dial routes, and re-route it via an im­proved “strate­gic” lo­cal net­work.

“The Cathkin Re­lief Road will sup­port this ob­jec­tive of en­hanc­ing the lo­cal and strate­gic road net­work.

“The lo­cal area is cat­e­gorised by higher than av­er­age lev­els of un­em­ploy­ment, with a lower pro­por­tion of work age pop­u­la­tion. South La­nark­shire also has a cen­tralised pat­tern, whereby the ma­jor­ity live and work within the area.

“The Cathkin Re­lief Road will im­prove ac­ces­si­bil­ity for ar­eas with high lev­els of de­pri­va­tion. The scheme will pro­mote new de­vel­op­ment ar­eas; as­sist­ing with job cre­ation; and pro­vide im­proved ac­cess to the wider road and trans­port net­work and the op­por­tu­ni­ties this brings. “Pol­icy doc­u­men­ta­tion at a na­tional, re­gional and lo­cal level has been re­viewed and sup­ports the Cathkin Re­lief Road.”

Coun­cil­lors were told the scheme “de­liv­ers very good value for money,” and that no detri­men­tal en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues were an­tic­i­pated.

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil gave plan­ning per­mis­sion for the Cathkin Re­lief Road last month, de­spite mas­sive op­po­si­tion from lo­cals.

Of­fi­cers said it would bring ma­jor ben­e­fits for the Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang area.

But Alan McLen­nan, who rep­re­sented the Cathkin Re­lief Road Op­po­si­tion group, vowed to take the fight to the City Deal board.

He added: “They’re not lis­ten­ing to what the peo­ple want. The peo­ple who live around this road are the peo­ple our elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives are not lis­ten­ing to.”

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.

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