No new cy­cle lanes for two towns in next fi­nan­cial year

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

No more new cy­cle lanes are set to be built in Ruther­glen or Cam­bus­lang over the next fi­nan­cial year, the Re­former can re­veal.

Al­though coun­cil­lors have ap­proved an ad­di­tional £140,000 fund­ing to im­prove the area’s cy­cling net­work, it is un­der­stood this will go to­wards im­prov­ing ex­ist­ing routes rather than cre­at­ing new ones.

The news comes af­ter weeks of con­tro­versy sur­round­ing the new lay­out on Cam­bus­lang Main Street and Hamil­ton Road.

Both mo­torists and cy­clists have blasted the changes, brand­ing them a “waste of money” that do lit­tle to keep peo­ple safe.

Coun­cil­lors ap­proved their cap­i­tal pro­gramme for road safety en­gi­neer­ing works for 2016/17 at a road safety fo­rum on Mon­day.

They gave the green light to spend­ing to­talling £671,000, of which £140,000 is ear­marked for: “De­vel­op­ment of cy­cle in­fra­struc­ture to in­crease cy­cling.”

Gor­don Mackay, head of roads and trans­porta­tion, said: “While fund­ing for the cy­cle schemes has been se­cured, they are at a con­cept stage only and spe­cific, de­tailed pro­pos­als have yet to be de­vel­oped.”

How­ever, the Re­former un­der­stands there are no plans to de­velop new routes or lanes in the near fu­ture.

Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang will also ben­e­fit from £20,000 to sup­port mea­sures iden­ti­fied through pre­vi­ous and on­go­ing school travel plans as well as dis­cus­sions with schools.

Gor­don Mackay added: “We are cur­rently pro­gress­ing a traf­fic reg­u­la­tion or­der at St Charles Pri­mary School in Cam­bus­lang which is in­tended to pre­vent cars park­ing on a round­about ad­ja­cent to the school.

“Dis­cour­ag­ing such in­ap­pro­pri­ate park­ing will im­prove road safety.”

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