Lifeline routes partially shut
Further closures are in pipeline
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.”