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Roadworks Delayed Until School Holidays
Essential road improvements which were due to take place on the A71 at Strathaven from June 13 to 19 have been rescheduled so they will now take place during the school holidays.
Chair of South Lanarkshire Council’s Enterprise Services Committee, Councillor Chris Thompson said the change in dates had been arranged when it became clear that bus services used by school children would be affected by the works.
He commented: “These works are essential to improve the road surface on a longer-term basis and we always try and deliver works with minimal disruption.
“However in the last few days, after being approached about the issue by a local councillor, we have been made aware of the likely impact of the closure on children travelling to and from school. The council has therefore moved quickly to make sure there is no impact on these children’s education or on their parents’ arrangements.
“While the works cannot be carried out without some inconvenience to road users, in light of this potential impact on school children, we have now reviewed our works programme and identified a period in July where the A71 works can be completed.”
These works are part of South Lanarkshire Council’s £126 million Roads Investment Programme. Resurfacing works on the A71 Stonehouse Road will now begin on July 25, and are expected to take a week.
During the works the A71 will be closed from its junction with Townhead Street (local access as far as Bridge Street will be permitted for light vehicles) to its junction with Muirburn Road, Glassford.
The A71 resurfacing work will therefore now follow the previously advertised resurfacing works on the A726 Strathaven/East Kilbride Road. These will start at 7am on Monday, July 18, and are programmed for completion by midnight on Sunday, July 24.
The A726 will be closed in both directions for the duration of these works from its junction with Greenhills Road, East Kilbride (Torrance Roundabout) to its junction with Commercial Road, Strathaven. Local access to Chapelton will be permitted from the Strathaven side but there may be delays in facilitating this. If Chapelton residents are able to avoid using the A726, the council would ask them to do so. There will be no through route from/to East Kilbride from/to Strathaven.
The alternative route vehicles should follow is via Hamilton using the A725, B7012, A724, A72 and A723. The diversion routes for these works and those on the A71 will be fully sign posted.