Commuter slams roadworks

Roadwork's at roundabout on Milngavie Road.
Roadwork's at roundabout on Milngavie Road.

A commuter who has been forced to change his working hours due to roadworks being carried out at the new Waitrose in Milngavie has hit out.

The Strathblane resident, who asked not to be named, can’t avoid the bottleneck of traffic on his way to work in Glasgow city centre, so he’s changed his working day start to 10am.

A section of Glasgow Road, between Main Street at Burnbrae roundabout and Auchenhowie Road, is scheduled to be closed until March 29 while pedestrian crossings are installed. However, the 40-year-old man, who is a professional energy engineer, claims that the work had not even started by Wednesday (February 18) - three days after the road was closed.

He said: “I think six weeks to put in pedestrian crossings is too long.

“Why has nothing happened yet other than road cones and barriers being put up?

“If they have six weeks to complete the work (30 working days) and they have already wasted three days that’s ten per cent of their time on site.

“If this project overruns I will definitely be complaining about it.

“This is a major commuter route for many people and it’s being done irresponsibly.

“Thousands of people are being inconvenienced.

“I refuse to let a large company ride roughshod over the community which they hope will later serve them by shopping at their store.”

He is also annoyed that he can no longer take his children to school or get there in time to collect them from after-school club, so he’s had to make alternative arrangments.

A spokesperson for Barr Construction said: “The extent of groundwork being undertaken unfortunately makes road closure unavoidable.

“We continue to make every attempt to keep those affected informed and are grateful to the Milngavie and Bearsden Herald for providing a platform to achieve this. While the works being undertaken are not always visible, we’d like to assure local residents that work started on time and that we are fully committed to the publicised timetable.

“We very much regret any disruption caused and thank anyone affected for their patience.”