‘Relief’ At Last As Road Set to Open After Two Years

Lib Dem Cllr Gary Pews welcomes the news that the Relief Road in Bishopbriggs will soon re-open after two years of works.

By Gary Pews, May 23, 2018 3:05

Lib Dem councillor for Bishopbriggs North, Gary Pews, has revealed that the town’s long-awaited Relief Road could be opened within days.

Gary says he has been advised by council bosses that the much delayed opening of the road should finally take place before the end of this month.

The construction project began in June 2016, with the closure of the road linking Westerhill Road and the main Kirkintilloch Road initially estimated as being for just eight months.

But problems in gaining access permission from Network Rail to construct the part of the road on a bridge over the main Edinburgh-Glasgow rail line, along with issues with other stakeholders, has seen the completion date put back several times.

However, Councillor Pews says the end could finally be in sight.

He said: "This issue constantly dominates my correspondence from constituents, who are astounded that this relatively short stretch of road has taken so long to come to completion.

"I have been constantly raising the issue at various council committees and in meetings with officers, so it is pleasing to hear that at last the news is more positive.

"I am told that final testing is now underway and that unless that reveals any unexpected problems, we could be a matter of days away from the road being opened.

"That will come as very welcome news to drivers in Bishopbriggs and further afield, as the closure of this road has led to frequent gridlock and tailbacks through other parts of the town.

"No doubt some contractual wrangles may still have to be resolved, but these are for another time. Right now, all my constituents want is for that road to get opened, and I am glad that it looks as though it will be very soon.’’

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