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Quiet Kirkintilloch street turned into a rat run by gas works?

4.10.12 Photograph Jamie Forbes.  Roadworks warning sign at side of Waterside Road (near traffic lights at Merkland Drive). On left hand side of the road. Roadworks starting for five months on Monday.

4.10.12 Photograph Jamie Forbes. Roadworks warning sign at side of Waterside Road (near traffic lights at Merkland Drive). On left hand side of the road. Roadworks starting for five months on Monday.

FED-up local residents are facing two more months of roadworks in the New Year as major gas works continue in Kirkintilloch.

Concerns have been expressed that drivers are avoiding temporary traffic lights in Waterside Road by using Iona Way as a ‘rat-run’.

Scotland Gas Networks (SGN) started work on a 20-week, £176,000 engineering project to upgrade the local gas network in Waterside Road, Kirkintilloch, in October.

Work is ongoing to upgrade almost 1.1km of pipe – beginning at the junction of Merkland Drive/Waterside Road and progressing east to St Agatha’s Primary School.

Temporary traffic lights have become a familiar fixture – leading to frustrations and drivers seeking shortcuts.

The lights operate 24 hours each day and are manually controlled between 7am-7pm each day, in a bid to ensure minimum traffic disruption.

In the final five weeks of the project – set to kick in at the end of January – it will be necessary to close Iona Way at its junction with Waterside Road adjacent to St Agatha’s School.

Further information regarding the diversion route for local residents will be provided nearer the time.

Scotland Gas Networks Project Manager Martyn Gray said: “We understand that people get frustrated by roadworks and would like to thank them for their patience. We will do everything we can to minimise disruption. This essential work will mean that people can continue to enjoy the benefits of a safe and reliable gas supply for years to come.”

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