Lanark roadworks - Christmas trade fear

Ian Georgeson'07921 567360'Transport Leader Cllr Gordon MacKenzie oversees the start of the Pot hole Repairs on Melville drive, Edinburgh, Carriered out by road contractors Lightways. Road works, Digging, traffic, tarmac,
Ian Georgeson'07921 567360'Transport Leader Cllr Gordon MacKenzie oversees the start of the Pot hole Repairs on Melville drive, Edinburgh, Carriered out by road contractors Lightways. Road works, Digging, traffic, tarmac,

Lanark traders are up in arms about the latest works on the main road

into the town, claiming they could badly damage the High Street’s

vital Christmas trade.

Scottish Water plan to run a one-way traffic system on stretches of

the A73, the main route between Lanark and Carluke, from September 30

right through to the New Year, while pipe upgrading takes place.

Traffic has already been held up on the road this month by Scottish

Power cabling works and one Lanark councillor, Catherine McClymont,

has appealed to the water company to delay its work “to give the

drivers at least a bit of a break from hold-ups.”

In the meantime members of the Lanark Business Group have asked the

town’s Community Council to take up their case with the

company,fearing the potential damage it will do to trade during the

Christmas shopping period, warning some shops could close if customers

can’t get into Lanark easily.

Tell us what you think: should the work be delayed? Does Scottish water have a choice?