Coun­cil named best at trans­port awards

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil has been hon­oured at the Scottish Trans­port Awards.

The coun­cil scooped the lo­cal trans­port author­ity of the year gong at the awards in Glas­gow.

Among the projects high­lighted was the con­tro­ver­sial Cathkin Re­lief Road.

Work­ing in part­ner­ship with oth­ers, the author­ity also:

In­vested £5 mil­lion over five years in cy­cle routes through­out the area. In­vested £1.1m in traf­fic sig­nal. En­hanced bus stop in­fra­struc­ture. In­vested in a public charg­ing net­work for elec­tric ve­hi­cles.

In­vested in park and ride.

Com­mis­sioned the de­vel­op­ment of a strat­egy to tar­get in­vest­ment in park and ride fa­cil­i­ties.

Re­duced ca­su­al­ties on roads through the im­ple­men­ta­tion of road safety en­gi­neer­ing and ed­u­ca­tion mea­sures. There was an av­er­age an­nual re­duc­tion in ac­ci­dents along treated lo­ca­tions of 58 per cent.

Dur­ing win­ter rou­tinely treated over 1000km of the road net­work and al­most 100km of foot­ways on a pre­cau­tion­ary ba­sis.

In­vested over £100m in road-re­lated as­sets im­prov­ing the con­di­tion of car­riage­ways, bridges and traf­fic sig­nals.

A com­pre­hen­sive bridge strength­en­ing pro­gramme.

Im­proved the light­ing in­fra­struc­ture, in­vest­ing £25.5 mil­lion in LED tech­nol­ogy and to re­new columns.

Pick­ing up the award on be­half of the coun­cil were Gor­don Mackay, head of roads and trans­porta­tion ser­vices, and Colin Park, en­gi­neer­ing man­ager.

Gor­don Mackay said: “We are very proud of our sus­tain­able, in­te­grated, part­ner­ship ap­proach, which en­sures that our res­i­dents and busi­nesses can ac­cess a safe and re­li­able trans­port net­work that meets their de­vel­op­ing needs.

“This award high­lights all the ar­eas where the coun­cil is de­liv­er­ing gen­uine im­prove­ments across the trans­port-re­lated as­set group and for those liv­ing, work­ing and trav­el­ling in South La­nark­shire.”

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