A724 open again

Vi­tal route in use

Rutherglen Reformer - - Road Watch - Dou­glas Dickie

Cam­bus­lang Road has now re-opened to traf­fic much to the de­light of driv­ers.

The vi­tal A724 route had been shut for 14 weeks while Net­work Rail car­ried out re­pairs to a rail­way bridge.

The road was re-opened overnight be­tween Thurs­day, May 25 and Friday, May 26.

The clo­sure caused chaos in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang when it first hap­pened in Fe­bru­ary.

Driver Lynn Love, 27, who trav­els from Cam­bus­lang to Glas­gow city cen­tre for work ev­ery day, said: “It is a mas­sive re­lief. It will make such a huge dif­fer­ence to my com­mute.

“Hope­fully that is the last time they will shut Cam­bus­lang Road.” Net­work Rail say the work will ex­pand the life­span of the bridge by 30 years.

The work is part of a rolling pro­gramme of main­te­nance work on struc­tures to keep the net­work safe and re­li­able.

Dur­ing the work, en­gi­neers used ap­prox­i­mately 50 tonnes of re­cy­cled glass, 20 tonnes of new steel and 1,500 litres of paint.

Billy McKay, Net­work Rail pro­gramme man­ager, said: “De­liv­er­ing this work in 14 weeks was a lo­gis­ti­cal chal­lenge but we planned care­fully with our con­trac­tors Taziker In­dus­trial and the project team de­serve credit for get­ting the work de­liv­ered on time and on bud­get.

“We are grate­ful for the sup­port of South La­nark­shire Coun­cil and the co­op­er­a­tion and pa­tience of road users and the lo­cal com­mu­nity dur­ing this work.”

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