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City Traffic Choked 2007-06-01

Posted by clype in Articles of Interest, Glasgow, Scotland.
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The massive roadworks at the Airport M8 will be joined by problems on the M74 and on Gorbals Street too.

Commuters face a week of travel misery as one of the main routes into Glasgow remains closed for seven days.

Part of Gorbals Street in the city’s South Side is shut after a burst water main left a massive crater in the road.

Drivers heading to work faced delays today and bus routes will be have to be altered. Bus passengers are being urged to look out for a revised schedule.

Emergency services were quickly on the scene, which is at Citizens Theatre, after the area was flooded yesterday morning.

Last night’s performance of ‘The Tempest’ was cancelled, but it was hoped the weekend’s shows would still go ahead.

The situation was further complicated by scaffolding at the nearby Glasgow Procurators Fiscals’ office.

Staff had to move to the other side of the building in case scaffolding collapsed.

Court business was not believed to have been affected.

Scottish Water workers isolated the damaged section of pipe and ensured all customers had drinking water supplies restored.

A spokesman said Gorbals Street would remain closed between Ballater Street and Cumberland Street while the scaffolding is removed from the fiscals’ office.

Scottish Water’s Regional Manager for Glasgow Mr.Jim Hassan said:

‘We are working with scaffolding experts to make sure it is safely removed before we repair the damaged pipe.
‘Once this is done the road can be repaired.’

Drivers were today warned to expect delays as a 170 000 GBP project to resurface the M74 begins.

Transport Scotland‘ and ‘Amey‘ will start the resurfacing work at the Hamilton junction (number 6).

The project began today and continues throughout the weekend, with cones lifted before Monday morning’s rush-hour.

It involves removing a section of the road surface and replacing it with anti-skid surfacing which will improve safety on the northbound onslip at this busy junction.

  • The onslip road from the A723 to the northbound M74 will be closed and diversions will be in place.

‘Amey’s’ unit manager for the south east Mr.Bruce Donaldson said: ‘

We are carrying out this project at the weekend to minimise the impact on the travelling public.

‘However, we do expect some delays and ask drivers to leave extra time to get to their destinations.’

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