Feb 21 2013 by Gary Fanning, Hamilton Advertiser
Motorists fear tailbacks when new traffic lights are permanently installed on a busy Larkhall road.
Traffic lights have to be erected in Duke Street, near its junction with Drygate Street, before the new Asda store opens next month.
Their installation is a condition of the planning consent for the new Asda store in Broomhill Gate, which is set to open on March 4.
They will replace the controverisal roundabout at Duke Street at its junction with Drygate Street. However, the temporary traffic lights there are causing delays for drivers.
Councillor Jackie Burns said: “Asda can’t open on March 4 without the completion of the traffic lights in Duke Street and the new Scoot system including changing the traffic lights outside the former Berries Hotel.
“People who live in Hamilton Street and Drygate Street welcome the traffic lights, but people who don’t live there (and use cars) don’t welcome the traffic lights because they are predicting tailbacks to the motorway at peak times.”
Councillor Burns said the traffic lights have to be erected to cope with the extra lorries that will come off the motorway to make deliveries to the new store.
An Asda spokeswoman confirmed the traffic lights would be installed before the new store opens. Asda were given permission to open as part of a joint application with Muse Developments.
A Muse Developments spokeswoman insisted the works will be completed by the end of the month.
“The works being undertaken to the road system in central Larkhall are part of the approved planning consent for the new Asda store and will serve the new secondary school, the existing leisure centre and future housing,” she added.
“Muse Developments and Asda are working closely with South Lanarkshire Council and are required to update the traffic control systems for the central area of Larkhall.
“This has necessitated extensive physical works to the three primary junctions.
“Muse’s contractor, Raynesway, are endeavouring to complete these works as quickly as possible with the minimum of disruption and without resorting to road closures.”
A council spokesman said a traffic assessment was carried out as part of the Asda application.
“This identified the need for several junction improvements including the replacement of the roundabout at Dukes Street/Drygate Street/Wellgate Street with traffic signals,” he said. Temporary traffic lights are in place at this junction and this has led to some delays. However, the permanent traffic lights will alleviate this situation and they will be monitored to ensure they operate effectively.”