Residents give their views on relief road
The new route gets a cautious thumbs up
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
In favour Alison Black
Crossing Ian Richardson
Great June Hutchinson
Asset Dr John Quigley