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Steels Cross traffic lights project begins

The council believes that the project is the best way to tackle traffic at the junction

Work to install traffic signals at Steels Cross commenced this week in a bid to tackle ongoing congestion at the junction.

Funding has been secured from Strathclyde Partnership for Transport for the project and it is anticipated that £140,000 will be invested in altering the junction. 

The present junction arrangement results in traffic being delayed from leaving the A72, particularly during peak periods.

South Lanarkshire Council’s junction modelling has indicated that the junction is at or near capacity during busy times, and confirmed that the most appropriate measure to reduce delays is traffic signals. 

In order to minimise delays, the junction will have an operating system called Mova which alters the traffic signal timings based on the number of vehicles approaching the junction.

Once operational, the council has indicated that the new traffic signals will be monitored and timings will be altered to ensure that the junction operates as efficiently as possible.

Councillor John Anderson, the chair of the council’s community and enterprise resources committee, said: “Construction will generally be undertaken during off-peak times on week days and Sunday. During the works, the road width will be reduced and traffic controlled by appropriate traffic management.

“While we will make every effort to accommodate all road users, some disruption will be inevitable and we would be grateful for the cooperation of anyone affected during these times. We would encourage road users to find alternative routes where possible.

“We would request that all road users allow additional time for all journeys and that they plan their routes accordingly. We apologise for any inconvenience that may occur.”