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Residents Call The Police
Residents of an Eastfield street had to call in police due to the volume of traffic now driving up their road. Glenside Drive is currently being used as a diversion while Dukes Road is shut between Calderwood Road and Fraser Street due to Scottish Water works.
That has led to dozens of extra cars, as well as large lorries, using the quiet residential street on a daily basis.
And one resident was so concerned about the prospect of an accident, they called out the cops on the evening of Tuesday, August 16.
Police have now vowed to give extra attention to the road when they can to try to allay fears.
Another resident, Lynsey McIntyre, said the road was now a “nightmare” having previously been closed. The 42 year-old who works in Glasgow city centre, also said traffic had increased on Calderwood Road.
She added: “The road has only just opened back up after being shut for eight months and now Dukes Road is shut until December 31.
“Even now, looking out, you can see cars going up and down constantly.
“As a pedestrian, crossing Calderwood Road is particularly bad, especially during rush hour in the mornings. It can sometimes take 10 minutes to get across.
“I really don’t think Scottish Water have thought about this. Glenside Road has gone from being shut off to being a diversion route.
“I have been a resident here for four years and it has been constant roadworks.”
Lynsey reckons Glenside is unsuitable as a diversion route with more major roads a better alternative.
A Scottish Water spokesman said: “We are currently carrying out a £3m upgrade to the waste water works in the Cambuslang area.
“It involved relaying the sewer network along Glenside Drive, Fraser Street and Whyte Avenue and we are now upsizing the sewer network along Dukes Road.
“This will increase the capacity of the pipes and reduce the risk of pollution to the nearby Eastfield Burn.
“To minimise disruption we have worked very closely with South Lanarkshire Council who agreed to close a section of Dukes Road and put in place the necessary diversions.
“We apologise for any inconvenience caused by our upgrades and will continue to communicate with the local authority as things progress.”
Gordon Mackay, South Lanarkshire Council’s head of roads and transportation services, said: “We will review the traffic management arrangements with Scottish Water to ensure that they are the most appropriate for the area.”