Link road opens

MOTORISTS have finally been allowed on to an eagerly-awaited new road.

The Kirkintilloch Link Road, which was officially handed over by contractors Carillion on Sunday, November 28, remained closed to traffic at the start of last week due to the big freeze.

But on Wednesday afternoon at 2pm history was made – the 'road closed' signs were finally removed, allowing motorists to drive on the freshly-gritted surface for the first time.

It brings an end to years of roadworks caused by the project, which now connects Kirkintilloch town centre directly to the main motorway network at Stepps.

Duncan Hamilton, who headed up the project for Kirkintilloch's Initiative (KI), said: "It gives me great

pleasure to announce that the Link Road can now be officially used by traffic.

"On behalf of KI I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their patience and understanding towards the difficult situation we were faced with at the official opening ceremony of the link road.

"Due to the unpredictable hazardous weather and the unfamiliarity of the road we had to put public safety first and delay the opening."