Locals worried about proposed roadworks

Bearsden, Kessington Shops.
Bearsden, Kessington Shops.

Residents have expressed concerns about the council’s plans to carry out work on Milngavie Road near the Kessington shops in Bearsden.

East Dunbartonshire Council is going to carry out footpath, carriageway and signal improvement work from January 19 as part of the A81 route corridor improvements. The work is expected to take ten weeks.

The main objectives are to create two hour restrictions for parking; a safer transfer for people between bus, bicycle or car; to give priority to pedestrians; make the area more attractive to shoppers and support local businesses.

Milngavie Road will be closed for car parking between numbers 41 and 73.

However, one Bearsden resident, said: “I’m worried there may be restrictions to the current four lane road as this would be completely unnecessary.

“I also wouldn’t want bus stops in the main carriageway as this will only cause more traffic congestion - there is ample space to create proper off road bus stops and cut back on the unecessary cycle racks.

“I also hope the work is not being carried out by the council’s roads department after the long fiasco at Hillfoot where similar work was carried out.

“That work could have been finished in less than half the time and the exit from the filling station has created a dangerous turning.”

East Dunbartonshire Council claims that public feedback from consultation events has helped shape the design which will be delivered on site. Work is being externally funded by Transport Scotland and carried out by MacLay Civil Engineering.

Councillor Alan Moir, convener of development and regeneration, said: “This exciting project is part of a wider scheme to encourage greater active travel movement and economic opportunities in Bearsden.

“Disruption will be kept to a minimum and I hope residents, traders and shoppers will bear with us. The car park, in particular, will be affected as little as possible and pedestrian access will be maintained to local businesses throughout the works.”

He added: “I am confident the short-term pain will be more than outweighed by the long-term gain - which will include the creation of a transport hub and a more attractive area.”“Feedback from residents, traders and interested groups has helped to shape

plans. For example, the location of the pedestrian crossing addresses

issues raised by members of the public.”