Res­i­dents give their views on relief road

The new route gets a cau­tious thumbs up

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

Work has now started on the con­tro­ver­sial Cathkin Relief Road.

Last week South La­nark­shire Coun­cil held an open event to show mem­bers of the pub­lic the plans, and we asked four lo­cals their opin­ions.

Ali­son Black said: “Hav­ing looked at the pic­tures it’s not nearly as wide as I thought it was and I don’t think it’ll cre­ate as much of an im­pact as I thought. If it ends up that way then it’ll be al­right – I’d thought it would be a dual car­riage­way with lor­ries and buses thun­der­ing along but it’s one way and in six month’s time you’ll won­der what was ever here be­fore­hand.”

Ian Richard­son was in favour, with one mis­giv­ing: “My one con­cern is the cross­ing which a lot of pedes­tri­ans use com­ing up from Blair­beth and Burn­side to come to the church. Hav­ing said that, the road’s no broader than Fern­hill Road, and other than that the sooner it’s built the bet­ter.”

June Hutchi­son had waited years to see the road and said: “I think it’s a great project. We’ve had to wait a long time – I’ve been here since Fern­hill was first built and we just had a dirt road, even be­fore Fern­hill Road, and we thought we’d never see this road.

Dr John Quigley was cau­tious about the work: “We live in an age where there’s so many cars on the road, so we’re fight­ing to stay ahead of that. It’s go­ing to be pretty ex­pen­sive, and this has been talked about for so many years, but when peo­ple get used to it then it’ll be an as­set.”

I don’t think it’ll cre­ate as much of an im­pact as I thought

Ali­son Black

In favour Ali­son Black

Cross­ing Ian Richard­son

Great June Hutchin­son

As­set Dr John Quigley

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