Linda Fabiani MSP is asking the Chief Executive of South Lanarkshire Council to follow through on his commitment to improve traffic management arrangements when work is taking place on roads around the town.
Linda received complaints after the Council appointed contractors to carry out road works in Strathaven over two weekends, which resulted in traffic cones being placed across the A726, East Kilbride to Strathaven road, up to six miles from the works.
Having been approached by concerned drivers, Linda contacted the Police, who confirmed that they had been approached about the barriers on the road and inadequate diversion signs.
In his reply to Linda, Chief Executive, Lindsay Freeland, highlighted Health and Safety legislation and legal requirements as the basis for attempting to reroute all through traffic away from the 6 miles between East Kilbride and Strathaven. The designated diversion,
via Hamilton and Stonehouse, is a journey of over 20 miles.
“I am pleased to see the Chief Executive acknowledge the inconvenience caused by the way this work was carried out and the arrangements made to divert traffic.
“I was surprised to hear that a barrier had been placed across the road at the Torrance roundabout, creating unnecessary inconvenience for visitors to the Crutherland Hotel and others whose destination took them nowhere near the works in Strathaven. This is simply unacceptable.
“The signs confirmed the road remained open for local traffic, so vehicles would continue to use the road in both directions. In
these circumstances, I see no justification for placing traffic cones across the southbound carriageway, increasing danger for road users.
“This is not the first time I have heard of concerns at diversions and signs used by the council’s road contractors and I have replied to the Chief Executive asking the Council to review its policies on this matter.”
TRC 1 The site that met drivers immediately on leaving Torrance roundabout – 7miles from the roadworks
TRC 3 The road was still open, but the barrier forced a stream of cars to the wrong side of the road
CRC 4 5 miles along the road, still 2miles from the works, drivers met a 50 yard double barrier