Cy­cle lane work fury

Pub­lic hit out as Main Street works add to traf­fic woes

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

Res­i­dents in Cam­bus­lang have branded work to cy­cle lanes through the town a “waste of money”.

The coun­cil has been car­ry­ing out im­prove­ments over the past week.

Res­i­dents in Cam­bus­lang have branded work be­ing car­ried out on cy­cle lanes a “waste of money”.

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil were car­ry­ing out im­prove­ments to lanes on the Main Street this week.

They were orig­i­nally in­stalled last year, with the lat­est work de­signed to widen the lanes and al­ter­ing the lanes at bus stops.

Cou­pled with pipes be­ing laid nearby, that has caused traf­fic con­ges­tion in the cen­tre of the town.

The lay­out of Cam­bus­lang Main Street has come in for a raft of crit­i­cism in the past, with driv­ers com­plain­ing about queues and busi­nesses say­ing it dis­cour­ages pass­ing trade.

Now, lo­cals are ques­tion­ing the value of the cy­cle lanes on the road.

Jim Lo­gan, who lives in the town, blasted the work that was go­ing on, say­ing: “I take my daugh­ter to Cathkin High and head up Buchanan Drive and more of­ten than not the traf­fic is tailed back past that junc­tion caus­ing all sorts of de­lays.

“If your com­ing out of Buchanan Drive, try­ing to turn right onto Main Street is a night­mare be­fore the road­works. And go­ing left to­wards Fratel­lis, you rely on peo­ple let­ting you out.”

An­other driver, Chris Logue, fumed: “Plan­ning for this has been non-ex­is­tent.

“To co­in­cide with the works on Cen­tral Av­enue and Buchanan Drive has made it near im­pos­si­ble to get mov­ing in the area.

“I’d have ex­pected more fund­ing to fix the state of the road lay­out on the Main Street rather than adding to the prob­lem by in­clud­ing a point­less cy­cle lane when one al­ready ex­ists and may I add, which very few peo­ple al­ready use. You’re lucky if five peo­ple a day use it.

“I’m gen­uinely an­noyed money has been spent on this. It’s so point­less and the Main Street is a bad ac­ci­dent wait­ing to hap­pen.”

Many res­i­dents took to Face­book page All about Cam­bus­lang to slam the work.

One said: “Cy­cle lanes must cost about £ 100,000 per cy­clist in La­nark­shire. It’s also non­sense! I’m lucky if I see one ev­ery fort­night.”

But an­other was pleased to see the work, say­ing: “Mon the cy­clist.”

And Gor­don Mackay, head of roads and trans­porta­tion, said: “In early 2015, the coun­cil, to­gether with its fund­ing part­ners, car­ried out a sig­nif­i­cant pack­age of work to ex­pand the cy­cling net­work across South La­nark­shire.

“As part of this, new cy­cle lanes and as­so­ci­ated works were cre­ated along the A724 cor­ri­dor and on some ad­ja­cent streets.

“Thanks to a fur­ther pack­age of fund­ing we have re­cently been able to un­der­take ad­di­tional im­prove­ments to the net­work in Cam­bus­lang and Ruther­glen, in­clud­ing the widen­ing of cy­cle lanes and al­ter­ing the lanes at bus stops to avoid con­flict be­tween cy­clists and pas­sen­gers.

“In ad­di­tion, junc­tions have been as­sessed and mi­nor al­ter­ations will be made to traf­fic sig­nal tim­ings to en­sure that there will be no de­lays to ve­hic­u­lar traf­fic as a con­se­quence of the works.

”As with all works of this na­ture, mon­i­tor­ing will be un­der­taken and any fur­ther ad­just­ments made to traf­fic signa l s if nec­es­sary.”

On yer bike Work con­tin­ued yes­ter­day to change the lay­out of the cy­cle lanes in Cam­bus­lang

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