Traf­fic chaos stuns street res­i­dents

Di­ver­sion causes prob­lems for house­hold­ers

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Res­i­dents of an East­field street had to call in po­lice due to the vol­ume of traf­fic now driv­ing up their road.

Glen­side Drive is cur­rently be­ing used as a di­ver­sion while Dukes Road is shut be­tween Calder­wood Road and Fraser Av­enue due to Scot­tish Wa­ter works.

That has led to dozens of ex­tra cars, as well as large lor­ries, us­ing the quiet res­i­den­tial street on a daily ba­sis.

And one res­i­dent was so con­cerned about the prospect of an ac­ci­dent, they called out the cops on the evening of Tues­day, Au­gust 16.

Po­lice have now vowed to give ex­tra at­ten­tion to the road when they can to try to al­lay fears. An­other res­i­dent, Lynsey McIn­tyre, told the Re­former the road was now a “night­mare” hav­ing pre­vi­ously been closed.

The 42 year- old who works in Glas­gow city cen­tre, also said traf­fic had in­creased on Calder­wood Road.

She added: “The road has only just opened back up af­ter be­ing shut for eight months and now Dukes Road is shut un­til De­cem­ber 31.

“Even now, look­ing out, you can see cars go­ing up and down con­stantly.

“As a pedes­trian, cross­ing Calder­wood Road is par­tic­u­larly bad, es­pe­cially dur­ing rush hour in the morn­ings. It can some­times take 10 min­utes to get across.

“I re­ally don’t think Scot­tish Wa­ter have thought about this. Glen­side Road has gone from be­ing shut off to be­ing a di­ver­sion route.

“I have been a res­i­dent here for four years and it has been con­stant road­works.”

Lynsey reck­ons Glen­side is un­suit­able as a di­ver­sion route with more ma­jor roads a bet­ter al­ter­na­tive.

A Scot­tish Wa­ter spokesman said: “We are cur­rently car­ry­ing out a £3m up­grade to the waste wa­ter works in the Cam­bus­lang area.

“It in­volved re­lay­ing the sewer net­work along Glen­side Drive, Fraser Street and Whyte Av­enue and we are now up­siz­ing the sewer net­work along Dukes Road.

“This will in­crease the ca­pac­ity of the pipes and re­duce the risk of pol­lu­tion to the nearby East­field Burn.

“To min­imise dis­rup­tion we have worked very closely with South La­nark­shire Coun­cil who agreed to close a sec­tion of Dukes Road and put in place the nec­es­sary di­ver­sions.

“We a p o l o g i s e for any in­con­ve­nience caused by our up­grades and will con­tinue to com­mu­ni­cate with the lo­cal author­ity as things progress.”

Gor­don Mac k ay , Sou t h La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s head of roads and trans­porta­tion ser­vices, said: “We will re­view the traf­fic man­age­ment ar­range­ments with Scot­tish Wa­ter to en­sure that they are the most ap­pro­pri­ate for the area.”

Traf­fic Res­i­dents say the junc­tion of Glen­side Road and Calder­wood Road is dan­ger­ous for pedes­tri­ans

No way through Signs on Calder­wood Road are urg­ing mo­torists to use Glen­side Drive as a di­ver­sion

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