COUNCILLORS welcomed the start of road improvements on a notorious bottleneck this week after a six month delay.
The work, costing £185,000, will see parking bays and a footpath on Hunter Road, Milngavie, first proposed in autumn last year, but delayed because of land transfer issues over the footpath.
The work is now expected to be completed by mid-summer and received cross-party support from the three Milngavie councillors for the area.
Provost Eric Gotts, said: “I am delighted that this project has been undertaken, and once complete, it will be a win-win situation for the local residents, motorist and pedestrians alike.”
Councillor Gotts recognised there had been a delay, explaining: “The improvement had been in the pipeline for some time, but the challenging financial pressures and complex land transfer arrangements have delayed it until now.”
He also welcomed the fact that council did not have to go down the path of compulsory purchase orders which he reckoned would have meant even further delays.
Councillor Bill Binks said: “By providing lay-bys for off-street parking for local residents, this should significantly reduce traffic congestion on the Hunter Road stretch between its junction with Castlemains Road and Craigdhu Road, especially at peak hours.”
Fellow councillor Jim Gibbons added: “The new pavement for the west side of Hunter Road should remove any conflict between traffic and pedestrians near the Hunter Road roundabout. Youngsters going to and from Douglas Academy or its feeder Primary schools, will now have a safe route to school when they use the pelican crossing on Craigdu Road.”
BETTER ROAD . . . councillors Eric Gotts, Jim Gibbons and Bill Binks at the start of the project to alleviate bottlenecks at Hunter Road in Milngavie.