Westerhill Road will be closed from 24 June 2016 to 17 April 2017 to accommodate the construction of the Bishopbriggs Relief Road.
The Bishopbriggs Relief Road is designed, according to East Dunbartonshire Council, designed to cut congestion, support new investment, improve air quality and encourage active travel.
Phase four will replace the existing Westerhill Road and tie into the third section at the roundabout on Wester Cleddens Road.
It involves the creation of:
- A two-lane 50mph road – stretching 600 metres between Wester Cleddens Roundabout and a new roundabout, with another 100 metres of road on the north side of the railway
- A new bridge over the main Edinburgh-Glasgow railway line
- A new access road into Cadder Yard
- Two Sustainable Urban Drainage ponds.
Following completion of phase four, the existing Westerhill Road and bridge will become an active travel corridor for pedestrians and cyclists. The road will be upgraded and crossings installed, and the possibility of further links to Lenzie and Bishopbriggs town centre are also being explored.
The closure is in part to remove conflict with Network Rail works associated with the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme.
Discussions are ongoing with bus operators on services, stops and arrangements during the closure of Westerhill Road, with Strathclyde Partnership for Transport arranging a shuttle service for affected workers.
The road is part of the Council’s 10-year capital programme and is being part-funded through developers’ contributions from the Bishopbriggs East housing development.
The £6.5m fourth phase is being delivered in partnership with North Lanarkshire Council.
Morrisons is the appointed contractor and there will be a number of community benefits.
Councillor Alan Moir, Convener of Development and Regeneration, said,
“I am delighted that work is continuing on Bishopbriggs Relief Road, which is a priority for East Dunbartonshire Council.
Once complete, the road will reduce the number of vehicles queuing up to travel through Bishopbriggs town centre – cutting congestion, improving air quality and increasing economic vitality by giving shoppers quicker access to local retailers and services.
In addition, it will improve links to Westerhill Business Park – an area of economic importance in East Dunbartonshire – encouraging investment and supporting job creation.
I am particularly pleased that the existing Westerhill Road will be used as an active travel corridor – giving people the chance to walk and cycle. It’s going to be a real breath of fresh air for local residents.”
Phases one and two of the relief road – which are largely within the Glasgow boundary – are complete and connect drivers to the Robroyston roundabout and onto the M80.
Phase three was wholly funded by developers’ contributions and delivered by Taylor Wimpey as part of the planning obligations associated with their Bishopbriggs East housing development. It opened in summer 2014.