BAILLIE steps in to halt A82 Howgate bridge closure


By Lucy Ashton

Dame Jackie Baillie has welcomed the rescheduling of roadworks which she considers would have been a recipe for chaos in the local area over the weekend.

Amey announced on Wednesday that the A82 at Howgate Bridge, between the Stoneymollan and Lomondgate roundabouts, was due to close for three consecutive nights.

This would have clashed with a closure of the southbound off slip to the Erskine Bridge from 8pm on Friday night until 6am on Monday morning.

The Erskine Bridge works have also been organised by Amey, the agency which manages the road network across the area.

The Dumbarton constituency MSP was concerned about the traffic disruption from the combined works when she was informed of the Howgate Bridge work and wrote to the organisation to urge them to rethink.

Jackie Baillie, left, said: “The combination of the proposed road closures by Amey would have caused substantial traffic disruption. Both of these sets of roadworks were organised by them and they should have been aware of the problems this would cause.

“I am glad that the concerns I raised have been taken into account and the decision was made to reschedule the Howgate Bridge closure. Common sense has prevailed.

“The roads infrastructure around this area is fragile and this could have caused serious problems for people getting to where they need to be, including to access emergency hospital treatment.

“I hope lessons can be learned from this which would have been a recipe for chaos if it had gone ahead.”

Top picture: Lomondgate roundabout on the A82 from the air.

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