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Relief Road Delayed
The controversial Cathkin Relief Road will not be open in November as originally planned.
But South Lanarkshire Council insisted the project was “on track” to be open before Christmas, weather permitting. It will also be completed within its original budget.
Concerns have been raised about the level of work that has already taken place on the road, which will connect Cathkin bypass with Mill Street. Some residents thought the road may not be open until well into the new year.
According to South Lanarkshire’s own timescale communicated to residents, the period between September 19 and November 4 was to allow road markings to go down with some earthworks completed along with drainage work and a retaining wall being built.
Alan McLennan, who led the campaign against the road, said: “It was originally meant to be the beginning of November, now they are saying the end of the year, and that’s two months.
“To be honest, I don’t think it will be finished until February, looking at the progress, there is an awful lot of work to be done. There was supposed to be regular meetings but that’s never really happened.
“Our main focus was opposing the road, there’s nothing we can do to stop it now.”
The road will see a new setup at the junctions of Croftfoot Road, Fernhill Road and Mill Street, with Blairbeth Road now cut off from Mill Street.
South Lanarkshire Council head of roads, Gordon Mackay, said: “Progress on the Cathkin Relief Road is going well and is on track to be delivered within the available budget.
“Despite some technical and weather related challenges, we remain on track for completion of the main project before the end of the calendar year.
“At this stage we are aiming to have the new road and footpaths open to the public before the festive period.
“However, the completion of any major infrastructure project is invariably influenced by weather conditions and this will be kept under review until we have certainty over the completion date.”
The road has proved controversial since plans were first unveiled in 2014.
Once complete the £21million road will link the junction of Burnside Road and Cathkin Bypass with Fernhill Road near to Croftfoot Road.
Many residents have branded it a waste of money that has destroyed a popular woodland park, but some say it will alleviate traffic on other roads such as Blairbeth Road.
Work on the project started in April. Much of the funding has come from the City Deal between eight local authorities and the UK and Scottish governments.