M74 protestors say extension will damage people’s health
Call for green corridors and cycle lanes
Protestors against the M74 extension say soon to be revealed research will prove what they anticipated all along - that the new road would damage people’s health and wellbeing.
Susan Martin of the Green Party spoke out after the Reformer revealed last week that the results of a three-year study into the effects of the M74 will be made public this summer.
Susan said she was confident the study would show pollution, and its impact on health, is much worse in Rutherglen.
She said: “The M74 extension was sold to the people of Rutherglen on the basis that it would reduce the pollution levels on Main Street. Obviously that has not happened.
“Although we don’t have comparative figures for 2010, it seems like it has increased and we predicted that would happen.”
Susan wants to see green corridors introduced in Rutherglen, more cycle lanes built and safer ways for people to stay active outdoors in a bid to boost health and the environment.
But Ian Manson, chief executive of Clyde Gateway, said regeneration projects and their associated jobs would not be possible if the extension was not completed.
He said: “Rutherglen Links, the new office development just off Farme Cross, that would not have attracted a major company - construction giant SPIE - into the area had it not been for the M74.
“The M74, with its Frame Cross junction in particular, has had a dramatic impact on improving the accessibility of Rutherglen.”
He added: “The point of developing these sites - such as Shawfield, Rutherglen Links and the Two74 - is to bring jobs to local people. When we talk about attracting companies to these developments, that’s to open opportunities for local people to get jobs.”