Green light for road plans

Hillfoot, Bearsden.
Hillfoot, Bearsden.

PLANS to encourage cycling and boost road safety are driving forward in Bearsden and Milngavie.

That’s the message from East Dunbartonshire Council this week.

The next stage of trailblazing transport plans, the Bears Way project, has been given the green light by councillors.

The project aims to enable and encourage people to walk, cycle and use public transport along the A81.

It’s being financed entirely through external funding.

Phase one – segregated cycle lanes from Burnbrae to Hillfoot – will be delivered in spring 2015.

There will also be waiting and loading restrictions on the A81 Milngavie Road, Bearsden, and Main Street, Milngavie – between Burnbrae roundabout and Burnmouth Place.

And flat-top speed bumps will be installed at the residential road entrance to the west of the roundabout and at the access road to Allander Leisure Centre.

New bus shelters, real-time timetable information and bus priority measures will also be introduced.

The ambitious project is a joint venture involving East Dunbartonshire Council, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT), Sustrans, Cycling Scotland and Transport Scotland.

Councillor Alan Moir, convener of development and regeneration, said: “I’m delighted that we are moving ahead with the Bears Way project.

“The existing advisory cycle lanes and areas of the pavement have suffered from inconsiderate parking – forcing cyclists into the main road, which is hazardous for them, pedestrians and drivers.

“New cycle lanes – combined with waiting and loading restrictions – will improve safety and traffic flow.

“Residential parking will be retained on the west side of the A81 from Burnbrae to Hillfoot, with parking on the east side prohibited at junctions where safety is an issue.

“And additional parking will be provided at Manse Road and near Burnbrae roundabout due to the removal of advisory cycle lanes.”

Initial work will be carried out in the coming months. The council secured £590,000 from SPT and was awarded £700,000 over three years for the A81 corridor by Transport Scotland’s Bus Investment Fund (BIF).

The council also secured £500,000 from Sustrans over two years, to promote local sustainable transport and access projects.