Progress at last on long-awaited Briggs bypass

Wester Cleddens Road sign in Bishopbriggs 17.9.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Wester Cleddens Road sign in Bishopbriggs 17.9.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

A NEW road is a step in the right direction, but don’t make us wait another three decades.

That was the message from locals as plans for the next stage of the Bishopbriggs bypass were announced.

East Dunbartonshire Council has revealed that Taylor Wimpey UK Limited will build the third phase of the Bishopbriggs Relief Road.

The housing developer will have three years to complete the section, which runs from Auchinairn to Wester Cleddens Road, after it starts work on 196 homes at its Bishopbriggs site, east of Miller Drive and Auchinairn Road.

The firm has also made a £3.9million contribution towards stage four of the road, which will run from Wester Cleddens Road to Westerhill Road.

Funding for the final stage of the road, which will run from Auchinairn to the Torrance roundabout once completed, is not currently in place.

A spokesperson for Bishopbriggs Community Council said: “This is a step in the right direction, but we are looking for the completion of the relief road.

“We’ve been discussing it for 30 years and we don’t want to be in the situation where we are still discussing phase five in 30 years time.

“The road will create a bottle-neck and traffic problems until it is finished.”

It’s hoped the road will eventually reduce traffic congestion and improve the development and economy of Bishopbriggs.

Thomas Glen, the council’s head of development and enterprise, said negotations had been completed and planning permission secured to deliver phase three, with funding agreed for phase four.

But he said: “At this time neither consent nor a funding package is in place for a further phase, which would extend the road to the Torrance roundabout. However, delivering phases three and four will make a significant improvement to local traffic movements including reduction of through traffic in the town centre.

“A number of other issues require to be finalised before a start date for phase three is agreed and once work commences, it is anticipated that phase three will take around three years to complete.”

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