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Road Bosses Urged To Rethink


14/05/15





















Calls were made for the council to look again at the management of traffic lights at Wishaw Cross.

Road chiefs have been urged to rethink the sequence of the lights at the Main Street with its junction with Kirk Road and Caledonian Road.


The local authority are urged to take action in a bid to reduce traffic congestion in the area.

The plea comes after it was announced that commuters, shoppers and traders face 12 weeks of more town centre road misery as part of the final phase of the £8million controversial Streetscape project began last month.


A council spokeswoman said that they will continue to monitor the traffic lights at the East Cross during the road closure.


One resident said this week: “The council need to take into consideration the traffic flow in this area. They need to change the sequence of the lights to reflect this. The council need someone from the roads department to come out and monitor the traffic flow and then change the lights accordingly.”


“There are parking restrictions in Caledonian Road. There is a limit to the number of cars and it becomes hectic down the Main Street, Caledonian Road and Kirk Road. It is increasing the traffic up Caledonian Road. They are re-routing down Kirk Road and up Caledonian Road until August.”


“I think the council also have to restrict parking in the left hand side approaching Caledonian Road up to the Cross. In Drygburgh Road the traffic was backed up all the way to the Morrisons’ store. It was difficult to travel from Coltness to Wishaw and Motherwell. Eventually, I contacted the roads department and they changed the sequence of the traffic lights.”


Businesses feared the latest chaos could kill more trade in the town centre.

The final phase of the scheme began at the West Cross on April 13. The Main Street, between Belhaven Road and Dryburgh Road, will close for eight weeks followed by four weeks with temporary traffic management in place.


The under-fire revamp scheme has been branded a “disaster zone” and a waste of council tax payers’ money.


A council spokesperson said: “Council officers were on site the first day of the closure April 13 and altered the signals at East Cross to accommodate the road closure and diversions.

“We will monitor the signals during the closure and, if appropriate, changes can be made to improve the overall situation.”