Cathkin Relief Road given the green light
The final hurdle has been cleared in the bid to build the controversial £21million Cathkin Relief Road.
Funding for the project has been agreed by the Glasgow and Clyde Valley City Deal board, effectively ending any hopes of stopping the road being built.
Work will begin in the new year, with South Lanarkshire Council insisting it will benefit drivers.
The council claims the road will reduce congestion and improve air quality by taking traffic away from other routes such as Fernhill Road and Blairbeth Road.
However, campaigners claim the road will take away a valuable local park, would present a danger to local children and will cut communities in two.
A council spokesperson said: “The one-mile Cathkin bypass will provide a new modern route from Mill Street to Burnside Road aimed at cutting congestion and improving air quality by removing through traffic from busy town centre roads and other less desirable routes.
“Once completed the project will bring further benefits for the community including faster and more reliable public transport resulting from less congestion; better routes for cyclists and pedestrians through improvements to the footpath and cycle network; and benefits to road safety.
“Importantly, the project will allow the transport network to accommodate the additional traffic associated with new development areas and assist with job creation.
“It will also provide improved access to the wider road and transport network and the opportunities this brings.”
The road, which is also backed by Glasgow City Council, has been mooted for over 50 years, but the news it was set to be built was met with widespread anger from locals.
Both Margaret Ferrier MP and James Kelly MSP oppose its construction.
Alan McLennan, of the Oppose the Cathkin Relief Road group, said this week: “It’s the same old rhetoric with no explanation how these ‘benefits’ will be achieved.
“I’m very disappointed that no one is questioning this poor use of public funds. I want to see our politicians scrutinising these proposals and seeking answers to the question ‘how?’
“I feel that this project has its own momentum and now cannot be stopped.”
But chair of South Lanarkshire Council’s enterprise services committee, Councillor Chris Thompson said: “This road is a much needed improvement to the transport infrastructure in the area and it should be remembered that it will not just benefit through traffic but by taking many vehicles a day away from local roads in the area it will bring genuine benefits to the local community.
“It will also drive forward economic benefits with the improved transport links supporting existing businesses and making the area more attractive to new businesses.”
Under the terms of the agreement, the city deal will provide 86 per cent of the costs, with a further £ 346,500 coming from Glasgow City Council.
The Cathkin Relief Road work will also include upgrading of the road junctions Cathkin Road/Burnside Road/Fernhill Road and Blairbeth Road/Mill Street/Croftfoot Road/ Fernhill Road.
The 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 to invest £1.13billion in projects designed to bring long term benefits to the area’s economy.
The council say once plans are completed, full details of the work to be undertaken and the timetable involved will be shared with the local community and widely publicised.
Opposition Residents living near the proposed route are unhappy at the plans