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East Kilbride Roads Project Out To Tender
Plans to upgrade roads in Stewartfield and Lindsayfield to dual carriageways to ease congestion have taken a step forward.
Work to enhance the A725 trunk road at Stewartfield Way – which runs alongside James Hamilton Heritage Park – and the A726 and Greenhills Road is out to tender.
The roads upgrade is set to be completed in the next five years and is part of a number of South Lanarkshire projects to get underway as part of the £1.13billion Glasgow and Clyde Valley City Deal.
Cambuslang and Rutherglen are to be transformed by the construction of a brand new £21million road to extend the Cathkin Bypass.
The total investment in South Lanarkshire is around £170million.
Traffic surveys have found that Stewartfield Way is currently operating close to capacity and if no action is taken there could be problems with congestion in East Kilbride in the future.
There are also major concerns about how the road network will cope with the anticipated rise in through traffic in years to come following improvements to the M8/M73/M74.
Ongoing improvement works to the Raith Interchange are expected to increase the flow of traffic through East Kilbride and along the A725 corridor.
The upgrading of the Stewartfield Way corridor to the north of East Kilbride to a dual carriageway with flyover was a scheme that is supported as a proposal in the existing Local Plan.
The project will also improve capacity along the A726 and Greenhills Road.
It is proposed to widen the A726 from Calderglen Country Park to the Torrance Roundabout and Greenhills Road from the Torrance Roundabout to Auldhouse Road to dual carriageway standard.
Infrastructure improvements will also be delivered to support Community Growth Areas across South Lanarkshire.
Leader of South Lanarkshire Council, Councillor Eddie McAvoy, said: “The projects set to take place in South Lanarkshire as part of the City Deal will make a huge difference to our area.
“Not only will they bring jobs during the construction phase, they will also make long-lasting improvements to our infrastructure.
“I am delighted we are involved in the City Deal and I look forward to working closely with our other partners to deliver this significant and large-scale project over the coming years.
“It will create jobs and help cement the Clyde Valley region as one of Europe’s leading areas with a vibrant, thriving economy.”
The Glasgow and Clyde Valley City Deal is an agreement between the UK government, the Scottish Government and eight local authorities across Glasgow and the Clyde Valley.
The UK and Scottish Governments will each contribute £500million in grant funding, and the local authorities will borrow a further £130million.