East Kilbride News
Plans for travel
South Lanarkshire Council is continuing work to improve active travel routes in East Kilbride.
The local authority is looking for local views on two proposals for West Mains Road between Creighton Grove and Priestknowe Roundabout.
They have launched a number of active travel projects with the aims to bring benefits to locals including connecting communities, increasing health benefits for citizens, reducing traffic congestion and improving the air quality in the area.
Aims also include making walking and cycling a natural choice for locals and making journeys easier.
The council has proposed two options on West Mains Road between Creighton Grove and Preistknowe Roundabout for local consideration.
The first option proposes the introduction of a shared use space at the south side of West Mains Road, installing a 6.2 metre carriageway, and an existing footway width retained on the north side of West Mains Road.
Additional alterations for the first option include increasing on-street parking from 22 spaces to 23 spaces, adding five disabled parking spaces, removing the bus stop lay-by to maximise parking provision, relocating the bus stop to a position within the vicinity of 21/23 West Mains Road, introducing a new park at 49 to 63 West Mains Road and upgrading the toucan crossing before Priestknowe roundabout.
The second option proposes the introduction of a segregated bi-directional cycle line on the south side of West Mains Road. The cycle track would be segregated from West Mains road by a 0.5 metre cycle kerb and the 2.0 width footpath for pedestrians.
Additional alterations for the second option include utilising green space from 49 to 63 West Mains Road, removing the bus stop lay-by to maximise parking provision, relocating the bus stop to position within the vicinity of 21 to 23 West Mains Road, upgrading the toucan crossing at Priestknowe roundabout and introducing a new traffic regulation order to restrict waiting at any time and no loading at any time at the south side of West Mains Road to accommodate for unrestricted two-way traffic on the road.
Locals have until June 2 to offer feedback on the two options, and an online survey has been created for residents to share their views, and is available for people at the council’s website.
As part of the East Kilbride Active Travel Study, which was undertaken in 2019, the council conducted engagement exercises with the local community to gain information on which routes they would like to see enhanced walking and cycling provision.
Feedback from the study identified a range of priority routes, including the town centre.
To date, the council has introduced a number of phases including West Mains Road from Strathfillan Road to East Kilbride Railway Station), Cornwall Street/Brouster Hill/Torrance Road, West Mains Road from East Kilbride Railway Station to Creighton Grove and West Mains Road from Torrance Road to Ladybank Place Protected Junction.