Life­line routes par­tially shut

Fur­ther clo­sures are in pipe­line

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

Util­ity com­pa­nies have been lam­basted for clos­ing lanes on two ar­te­rial routes in and out of Ruther­glen at the same time.

Traf­fic on Aiken­head Road, which runs from Ruther­glen into Glas­gow City Cen­tre, was re­duced from four lanes to one un­der tem­po­rary traf­fic lights by Scot­tish Wa­ter on Oc­to­ber 16.

But within days Glas­gow Road, which links Royal Burgh to the east end of Glas­gow, was also par­tially closed in order for Scot­tish Power to lay ca­ble in the area.

The clo­sure of both roads has caused chaos for mo­torists dur­ing rush hour.

Andy Rae­burn, who trav­els from his home in Spit­tal to Glas­gow city cen­tre each morn­ing, said there should have been bet­ter co­or­di­na­tion be­tween the com­pa­nies and Glas­gow and South La­nark­shire coun­cils.

“The whole thing is just a night­mare,” he said.

“It doesn’t mat­ter what way I go, I am go­ing to be caught in ma­jor traf­fic.

“You would think the coun­cils would get to­gether and make sure works of this size are car­ried out at dif­fer­ent times. It seems the only peo­ple who don’t mat­ter are those who ac­tu­ally use the roads.”

The lane clo­sure of Aiken­head Road is the most re­cent dis­rup­tion on the south side of Glas­gow where Scot­tish Wa­ter is im­ple­ment­ing a fiveyear plan to im­prove the flow of waste wa­ter in the city.

Scot­tish Wa­ter did not con­firm how many times it had par­tially closed Aiken­head road since the project be­gan in 2013, but said more road clo­sures were due in the new year.

A spokesman said: “Scot­tish Wa­ter started work to in­crease our waste wa­ter net­work ca­pac­ity in Aiken­head Road by up­siz­ing ex­ist­ing sew­ers on Oc­to­ber 16. This was pre­ceded by some in­ves­tiga­tive work be­fore the project be­gan.

“The work pro­gress­ing at the mo­ment was orig­i­nally planned to be com­pleted in mid-De­cem­ber. How­ever, it is an­tic­i­pated that it will be com­pleted ahead of sched­ule. We apol­o­gise to road users for any in­con­ve­nience and thank them in ad­vance for their pa­tience and un­der­stand­ing.”

A spokes­woman for Scot­tish Power said the works on Glas­gow Road which have now been com­pleted -were part of SP En­ergy Net­work’s ef­forts to lay 5.8km of ca­ble, to­gether with a fi­bre op­tic ca­ble, from its grid sup­ply point at Dal­marnock to Pol­madie.

She said: “From the ini­tial planning stage through to the daily on site ac­tiv­i­ties our team has worked closely with Glas­gow and South La­nark­shire’s roads de­part­ments.

“The ca­ble route has been planned to, wher­ever pos­si­ble, co-or­di­nate with other util­i­ties to en­sure min­i­mum dis­rup­tion.

“Our project man­age­ment team and part­ner­ship con­trac­tors will work closely with the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, busi­nesses and stake­hold­ers to min­imise any dis­rup­tion.”

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