FED-UP DRIV­ERS GRIND TO HALT

Spate of road­works caus­ing chaos

Rutherglen Reformer - - Special Feature - Mur­ray Spooner

The min­i­mum util­ity com­pa­nies need to rip up Scot­land’s roads and cause po­ten­tial traf­fic chaos is a no­tice in a web­site most peo­ple do not know about, the Reformer can re­veal.

Mo­torists in Ruther­glen have en­dured a mis­er­able year due to road­works that have led to lengthy de­lays.

Re­cent works car­ried out in close prox­im­ity in the town and in the south of Glas­gow, meant the streets were lined with frus­trated com­muters dur­ing rush hour.

And in a spe­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion the Reformer can re­veal the min­i­mum re­quire­ments for works is the place­ment of a no­tice on the Scot­tish road work’s reg­is­ter. This will up­date the Scot­tish road works com­mis­sioner’s (SRWC) web­site.

The town’s Glas­gow Road was re­duced to one lane at the Shaw­field race track with a three-way light sys­tem in place on Fe­bru­ary 6, due to a re­in­force­ment project in Pol­madie.

The com­pany be­hind the works, Scot­tish Power, spoke with lo­cal coun­cil bosses and have since agreed to only have the lights in place be­tween 9.30am and 3.30pm.

Scot­tish Water works on Stonelaw Road meant mo­torists could not find an al­ter­na­tive route.

And the prob­lem has been made worse by the clo­sure of Aiken­head Road in King’s Park, Glas­gow, due to more Scot­tish Water works.

There was also ma­jor dis­rup­tion to com­muters in the wake of the Cam­bus­lang Road clo­sure last year.

And mo­torists in Cam­bus­lang are set to suf­fer yet more as a sec­tion of West­burn Drive will be closed for one week by Scot­tish Water, with one lane open south­bound on Cly­de­ford Road for ap­prox­i­mately three weeks.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the SRWC meet reg­u­larly with the road works com­mu­nity. How­ever, it is for the roads author­i­ties con­cerned, in this case Glas­gow City Coun­cil and South La­nark­shire Coun­cil, to de­cide on how works are co-or­di­nated.

A spokesman said the SRWC does not get

in­volved in spe­cific road works but added: “The min­i­mum re­quire­ments for works is the place­ment of a ‘no­tice’ on the Scot­tish road works reg­is­ter which will up­date the SRWC’s pub­lic fac­ing web­site, which pro­vides de­tails for the pub­lic.

“How­ever, some­times an agree­ment can be made be­tween par­ties to un­der­take ad­di­tional pub­lic­ity such as let­ter drops or ad­vanced warn­ing signs at the lo­ca­tion of the works.

“Util­ity com­pa­nies meet reg­u­larly with roads author­i­ties across Scot­land who are re­spon­si­ble for co-or­di­na­tion of road works.

“The SRWC mon­i­tors per­for­mance, pro­motes and en­cour­ages good prac­tice across both util­ity com­pa­nies and roads author­i­ties.

“The com­mis­sioner also has pow­ers to im­pose fi­nan­cial penal­ties on roads author­i­ties who sys­tem­at­i­cally fail in their duty to co-or­di­nate and upon util­ity com­pa­nies who sys­tem­at­i­cally fail to co-op­er­ate when un­der­tak­ing road­works.”

Ac­cord­ing to the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment, lo­cal author­i­ties and util­i­ties have statu­tory du­ties to co-or­di­nate and co-op­er­ate with each other in the plan­ning and co­or­di­na­tion of road works.

But lo­cal road author­i­ties and Trans­port Scot­land has pow­ers to in­spect works to en­sure that util­ity com­pa­nies are meet­ing their obli­ga­tions.

A Scot­tish Water spokes­woman in­sisted they li­aise with road author­i­ties when plan­ning their projects and any road traf­fic man­age­ment that is re­quired.

She con­tin­ued: “All work car­ried out by Scot­tish Water is un­der­taken to main­tain and im­prove our in­fra­struc­ture, and ul­ti­mately the ser­vice we pro­vide to our cus­tomers.

“We al­ways aim to do so as quickly, ef­fi­ciently and safely as pos­si­ble and in a way which causes the least amount of dis­rup­tion pos­si­ble for com­mu­ni­ties.

“Scot­tish Water so­cial me­dia chan­nels, our web­site, press re­leases, com­mu­nity in­for­ma­tion events, di­rect mail, and sig­nage en­sure the pub­lic are kept up-to-date with what’s hap­pen­ing as projects are un­der way.

“If un­fore­seen is­sues with road traf­fic ar­range­ments be­come ap­par­ent on a project, we look at mak­ing nec­es­sary changes to help min­imise dis­rup­tion.”

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Glas­gow Road This was the scene last week when mo­torists were caught off guard by road­works on Glas­gow Road

No way through Driv­ers in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang feel they are be­ing hit by too many road­works

Jam East Main Street last year

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