Well done for improving ‘sheep tunnel’ in Kirky

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LONG-awaited resurfacing work has helped to make a “dangerous” stretch of road safer, it has been claimed.

Kirkintilloch East and Twechar councillor Stewart MacDonald said there has been a sharp increase in cars using the Achendavie Road tunnel – which runs beneath the Forth and Clyde Canal between Harestanes and Broomhill.

Drivers have been using the route as a short-cut to avoid local roadworks, especially during the construction of the new M80.

Local residents raised fears that the tunnel – which is dark, single tracked, set on a sharp bend and designed originally so that sheep could get from one side of the canal to the other – was so badly rutted that an accident was likely.

Councillor MacDonald (below) said: “Following a number of complaints, I visited the site with East Dunbartonshire Council’s head of roads during rush hour and we were both shocked at the amount of cars which were using the tunnel and the state of the road surface.”

Due to the very low height of the tunnel, resurfacing was particularly difficult as the old surface had to be scraped clear to avoid raising the road and normal machinery could not be used.

Councillor MacDonald added: “I am glad the council have taken this action. It is a minor road, but is surprisingly well used by cars, cyclists and pedestrians.

“Hopefully residents will be reassured that it is now much safer.”