Forging ahead with relief road

The new road will divert traffic away from the town centre

The new road will divert traffic away from the town centre

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Work is continuing on the next section of a road that aims to cut congestion, support new investment and improve air quality.

Phase four of the Bishopbriggs Relief Road will replace the existing Westerhill Road and tie into the third section at the roundabout on Wester Cleddens Road. It involves the creation of:

n A two-lane 50mph road - stretching 600 metres between Wester Cleddens Roundabout and a new roundabout, with another 100 metres of road on the north side of the railway.

n A new bridge over the main Edinburgh-Glasgow railway line.

n A new access road into Cadder Yard

n Two sustainable urban drainage ponds.

Following completion of phase four, the existing Westerhill Road and bridge will become an ‘active travel corridor’ for pedestrians and cyclists.

The road will be upgraded and crossings installed, and the possibility of further links to Lenzie and Bishopbriggs town centre are also being explored.

The aim is to have phase four completed by summer 2017 and Westerhill Road will be closed from June 24, 2016, to April 17, 2017, to accommodate the works, with diversions in place.

The closure is in part to avoid clashing with Network Rail works on the Glasgow-Edinburgh line.

Discussions are ongoing with bus operators on services, stops and arrangements during the closure of Westerhill Road, with Strathclyde Partnership for Transport arranging a shuttle service for affected workers.

The road is being part-funded through developers’ contributions from the Bishopbriggs East housing development, with the £6.5m fourth phase being delivered in partnership with North Lanarkshire Council.

Councillor Alan Moir, convener of development and regeneration, said: “I am delighted that work is continuing on Bishopbriggs Relief Road, which is a priority for East Dunbartonshire Council.

“Once complete, the road will reduce the number of vehicles queuing up to travel through Bishopbriggs town centre - cutting congestion, improving air quality and increasing economic vitality by giving shoppers quicker access to local retailers and services.

“In addition, it will improve links to Westerhill Business Park - an area of economic importance in East Dunbartonshire - encouraging investment and supporting job creation.

“I am particularly pleased that the existing Westerhill Road will be used as an active travel corridor - giving people the chance to walk and cycle.

“It’s going to be a real breath of fresh air for local residents.”