Road delay

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The con­tro­ver­sial Cathkin Re­lief Road will not be open in Novem­ber as orig­i­nally planned.

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil this week in­sisted the project was “on track” to be open be­fore Christ­mas, weather per­mit­ting.

But some res­i­dents believe the road may not be open un­til well into the new year.

The con­tro­ver­sial Cathkin Re­lief Road will not be open in Novem­ber as orig­i­nally planned.

But South La­nark­shire Coun­cil this week in­sisted the project was “on track” to be open be­fore Christ­mas, weather per­mit­ting.

It will also be com­pleted within its orig­i­nal bud­get.

Con­cerns have been raised about the level of work that has al­ready taken place on the road, which will con­nect Cathkin by­pass with Mill Street

Some res­i­dents thought the road may not be open un­til well into the new year.

Ac­cord­ing to South La­nark­shire’s own timescale com­mu­ni­cated to res­i­dents, the pe­riod be­tween Septem­ber 19 and Novem­ber 4 was to al­low road mark­ings to go down with some earth­works com­pleted along with drainage work and a re­tain­ing wall be­ing built.

Alan McLen­nan, who led the cam­paign against the road, said: “It was orig­i­nally meant to be the be­gin­ning of Novem­ber, now they are say­ing the end of the year, and that’s two months.

“To be hon­est, I don’t think it will be fin­ished un­til Fe­bru­ary, look­ing at the progress, there is an aw­ful lot of work to be done.

“There was sup­posed to be reg­u­lar meet­ings but that’s never re­ally hap­pened.

“Our main fo­cus was op­pos­ing the road, there’s noth­ing we can do to stop it now.”

The road will see a new setup at the junc­tions of Croft­foot Road, Fern­hill. Road and Mill Street, with Blair­beth Road now cut off from Mill Street.

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil head of roads, Gordon Mackay, said: “Progress on the Cathkin Re­lief Road is go­ing well and is on track to be de­liv­ered within the avail­able bud­get.

“De­spite some tech­ni­cal and weather re­lated chal­lenges, we re­main on track for com­ple­tion of the main project be­fore the end of the cal­en­dar year.

“At this stage we are aim­ing to have the new road and foot­paths open to the pub­lic be­fore the fes­tive pe­riod.

“How­ever, the com­ple­tion of any ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture project is in­vari­ably in­flu­enced by weather con­di­tions and this will be kept un­der re­view un­til we have cer­tainty over the com­ple­tion date.”

The road has proved con­tro­ver­sial since plans were first un­veiled in 2014.

Once com­plete the £21mil­lion road will link the junc­tion of Burn­side Road and Cathkin By­pass with Fern­hill Road near to Croft­foot Road.

Many res­i­dents have branded it a waste of money that has de­stroyed a pop­u­lar wood­land park, but some say it will al­le­vi­ate traf­fic on other roads such as Blair­beth Road.

Work on the project started in April. Much of the fund­ing has come from the City Deal be­tween eight lo­cal au­thor­i­ties and the UK and Scot­tish gov­ern­ments.

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