Work to improve road access to the growing East Renfrewshire community at Maidenhill will commence in the coming weeks.
Luddon Construction Limited will undertake a programme of works on the A726 Glasgow Southern Orbital (GSO) for up to six months, with Taylor Wimpey having overall responsibility for the funding and delivery of these significant road improvement works.
The works will allow for a new access road into the development, as required by the original planning approval granted by East Renfrewshire Council for the new community.
Providing an additional direct entry to the site, the new road – once completed – will improve access to Maidenhill for residents, visitors, contractors and pupils of Maidenhill Primary School.
The works, which will begin on 16th August, will involve a series of lane closures on the dual carriageway and a reduction in lane provision at Maidenhill Junction (M77 J5), including associated slip roads.
To minimise the impact on road users, the majority of the works – on the eastbound carriageway – will be carried out between 9.30am and 3.30pm. A lane closure on the westbound carriageway will be in effect 24 hours a day for the duration of the works, and a temporary 50mph speed restriction will be in place to enhance the safety of road users and road workers.
Some resurfacing will take place during the programme of works which will require overnight closure of the eastbound carriageway of the GSO between Maidenhill and Mearnskirk Junctions from 8pm to 6am over a period of five days.
Confirmed dates of these closures will be signposted in advance, and a signed diversion route will be in place. As resurfacing work is weather dependent, dates and times may be subject to change at short notice.
All works will follow strict physical distancing protocols in line with the Scottish Government’s COVID-19 guidance.
Alison Henderson, Special Projects Manager at Maidenhill, said: “We are working closely with Connect Roads to ensure any delays or disruption to drivers using the GSO are kept to an absolute minimum, by ensuring as much of the work as possible is carried out during off-peak times – including overnight when required.
“Whilst the works are scheduled to take up to six months, we are working with all parties to ensure the programme is completed as soon as possible to ensure disruption for those using the GSO is kept to a minimum. We will keep locals and residents of Maidenhill informed on progress, including confirmation of dates for the five-night overnight closure to allow for resurfacing.
“These vital works, which were a condition of the planning consent granted by East Renfrewshire Council, will make a huge difference by providing an alternative entrance to the development and improving access for contractors, residents, visitors and school pupils.
“As the community develops and grows, welcoming new residents and more school pupils, the new road will prove even more beneficial.”
For more information on the works, please visit www.trafficscotland.org