Should £125m be spent on im­prov­ing our roads?

Are re­pairs to net­work re­ally a top pri­or­ity?

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

The Re­former last week re­vealed the con­di­tion of Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang roads had im­proved.

But the ar­ti­cle also re­vealed cash-strapped South La­nark­shire Coun­cil would need to stump up £125m to bring their 1,426-mile roads net­work up to ser­vice­able stan­dard.

On Wed­nes­day, the Re­former went to Burn­side to ask res­i­dents if they felt the roads were up to scratch.

Willy Toner who lives in Burn­side said: “Be­ing a mo­torist, I would say yes that £125m should be spent on roads. The roads are in a ter­ri­ble state. Yes it is a lot of money, but what is it cost­ing them in claims from peo­ple whose cars have been dam­aged by pot­holes?”

Fel­low driver Chan­tal Win­ning agreed, stat­ing re­peated in­fra­struc­ture works to things such as gas mains and pipes meant roads in Burn­side were be­low par.

She said: “They are pretty aw­ful... but I don’t think it is nec­es­sar­ily a South La­nark­shire is­sue. The Scot­tish weather is not re­ally con­ducive to nice smooth roads.”

Alex McFad­den, from East Kil­bride, said South La­nark­shire had a large roads net­work, for which £125m would be well spent.

He said: “The con­di­tion of the roads needs to be im­proved. I think they should spend the money.”

Thomas Harper said: “They are a mess, there is no doubt about it. I stay in Cam­bus­lang and those cy­cle lanes, that was a waste of money.

“There are plenty of pot­holes, es­pe­cially on the side roads, they are of­ten ig­nored.”

The Scot­tish weather is not re­ally con­ducive to nice smooth roads Chan­tal Win­ning

Claims Willy Toner

Bad weather Chan­tal Win­ning

Side roads ig­nored Thomas Harper

Spend the money Alex McFad­den

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