ROADWORKS in Glasgow will be suspended for nearly four months ahead of the Commonwealth Games in the city next year, it has been announced.
An agreement between the city council and major utility firms will mean that as many as 4,000 projects will be brought forward or delayed to ensure minimal disruption to the Games.
However, the announcement has raised concerns that “a frenzy of works” will result in major congestion issues as the deadline for the suspension of works approaches.
Roadworks such as resurfacing and general improvements will also be halted for the duration of the Games within restricted areas.
A report on the plan states: “To complement the [transport] plan and to ensure the free flow of traffic, cyclists and pedestrians on our road networks throughout Games time, it is proposed to introduce an embargo on disruptive roadworks from April 22 until August 5.
“These restrictions will apply to the Games Route Network, other key arterial routes within the city and to areas surrounding venues and live sites. The embargo will apply to all works planned by statutory undertakers and developers.”
The report adds that the practice of suspending roadworks in this fashion is well established as similar embargos are put in place over festive periods.
The report goes on to say: “Large parts of the city will still be available for ‘business as usual’ during this period and urgent works within the restricted zones or on minor and residential roads will be considered on an individual, case-by-case basis.”
Speaking to the Herald, the AA’s Paul Waters said: “If Glasgow can pull together a successful public awareness campaign it shouldn’t be a problem. Prioritise to avoid the frenzy of works before or after the Games and get a grip on utility firms, which could always cry wolf about works during the embargo period.”