A71 closure delayed for A72 repairs

Horsley Brae works put back a fortnight

PLANS to shut the A71 at Horsley Brae on Monday, have been put back due to the continued closure of the nearby A72 Clyde Valley road at Rosebank for repairs following the recent landslide.

Shutting two busy local roads at the same time could have significantly increased traffic congestion around Garrion Bridge, but the 350,000 Horsley Brae roadworks have now been deferred for approximately two weeks. North Lanarkshire Council hopes that these works - designed to improve the old and failing drainage system - will restart around June 19 for six weeks.

''This is to allow South Lanarkshire Council to undertake and complete the A72 clean-up operation,'' a spokesperson said.

''Width restrictions on the A71 mean these works will have to be carried out under a temporary road closure.

''Diversion signs will be put in place and the diversion route is via Law. During the closure access will be allowed, wherever possible, to residential properties during the working day.''

Motorists wanting further information can contact the roads team on 01698 302100.

Diversion routes are now in place following the May 27 landslide on the A72, which saw tons of rubble cascade onto the road.

From Garrion Bridge, motorists using the 'A' Class diversion take the A71 to Overtown and on to the Waterloo roundabout. It's then onto the A73 through Carluke to Steel's Cross in Lanark and north along the A72.

It's the same diversion for heavy vehicles, although for safety reasons lorries can't turn right at Steel's Cross. They carry on up Lanark High Street, onto the new Hyndford Road roundabout and down Lanark High Street via Wellgate before turning onto the A72 through Kirkfieldbank.