Roadworks misery as A81 closed through Strathblane

Drivers faced a 12 -mile detour after the A81 Glasgow Road through Strathblane was closed for five days for resurfacing work this week.

The closure meant that anyone wanting to drive from one end of the village to the other had to travel through Milngavie and back.

Work, due to be completed by the weekend, also affected bus passengers with alternative shuttle services operating from both sides of the closure.

Temporary timetables have been used for Milngavie and Killearn.

The road was closed for resurfacing and pavement renewal from the junction of Kirkhouse Road to Edmonstone Hall.

It is the second stage of works on the road. The first, in July, ran for three weeks and saw the pavement repaired. Residents were urged to use alternative paths to walk from one end of the village to the other.

The new closure saw the road shut from 9am to 6pm,

A final section of work on the road should be completed next year.

Councillor Danny Gibson, of Stirling Council, said: “Roads are only closed where safety demands it. ­

“Diversions must, by their nature, be on roads that are capable of accommodating all types of vehicles and, in rural areas particularly, this can result in more lengthy diversions.”