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£60m final phase of Glasgow’s East End Regeneration Route approved

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January 21 2016

£60m final phase of Glasgow’s East End Regeneration Route approved
Glasgow City Council has given the final go-ahead to a £60m extension of the East End Regeneration Route, completing the four lane link between the M74 and M8/80 via the Emirates Arena and Celtic Park.

The 1.4km long road will include four junctions and an 8-span viaduct over the Queen Street to Airdrie railway line before continuing under Edinburgh Road and Cumbernauld Road along the route of the disused Riddrie railway line in six stretches flanked by retaining walls, necessitating the construction of two replacement bridges.

To mitigate the visual impact of the route extensive landscaping and planting will be carried out around the viaduct structure, including additional footpaths with construction expected to begin in the spring for completion by 2018.

Councillor George Redmond, executive member for jobs, business and investment said: “The completion of this connection between the motorway routes will continue the ongoing regeneration of the East End, delivering jobs and economic investment to the area.  The previous phases of this route have already unlocked the potential of what was derelict vacant land to bring new homes and workplaces, and this final phase can do the same for the heart of the East End.”

Work first began on the EERR back in 2007 in Oatlands.

17 Comments

David
#1 Posted by David on 21 Jan 2016 at 11:36 AM
So let me understand this correctly....rather than reusing the disused Riddrie railway line as an extension to the Glasgow underground or existing suburban rail network, GCC have approved turning it into a dual carriageway? The city's planning department really needs to pull itself out of 1960 and into 2016.
Brian
#2 Posted by Brian on 21 Jan 2016 at 18:54 PM
I agree with David.Total missed opportunity for subway or light rail.Other cities are struggling to build infrastructure like ours and we throw it away ,
wonky
#3 Posted by wonky on 22 Jan 2016 at 10:19 AM
Especially when the majority of people living in the east end dont even own a car- who are benefitting from these improvements; it certainly isnt the people living in the east end. What city in this day & age violently cleaves communities apart by imposing vast monolithic structures through them? Its sinister. If one was paranoid they might think it conspiratorial against this part of the city. A myopic decision that prioritizes private car users out with area at expense of public transport for those living in the area. In a more advanced culture this would be reversed. Disgraceful AND a very big mistake (does this city ever learn from the mistakès of the past?).
Smartie
#4 Posted by Smartie on 22 Jan 2016 at 11:44 AM
I've lived in Glasgow my whole life and every single time a major road route is built near to where I live and again this is the case. This will not benefit the east end, it will benefit those getting out of Glasgow. They are sure as hell not going to hang about the east end! Another GCC shambles. Dalmarnock is a ghost town. This is what awaits Carntyne, Riddrie and Haghill.
baloo
#5 Posted by baloo on 22 Jan 2016 at 12:55 PM
I live in the east end and the completion of this road is welcome.
eerr
#6 Posted by eerr on 22 Jan 2016 at 14:33 PM
map + more scathing commentary here - http://athousandflowers.net/2016/01/19/motorways-make-glasgow-another-70m-road-set-to-tear-through-the-east-end/
wonky
#7 Posted by wonky on 22 Jan 2016 at 15:13 PM
Thank you Baloo for that detailed, incisive and critical contribution to the debate- very welcome! I'm sure we would all agree that by sheer dint of living there you are uniquely qualified to authoritatively comment on the matter. Thanks again!
Art Vandelay
#8 Posted by Art Vandelay on 22 Jan 2016 at 16:36 PM
Back in your box, it's a Friday!
John
#9 Posted by John on 22 Jan 2016 at 20:25 PM
About time this road was completed. Its not just for the East End, its for us ALL
wonky
#10 Posted by wonky on 25 Jan 2016 at 13:15 PM
More informative comments from those in favour- no need to elaborate on the reasons for favouring this regressive 'vision'? In the simple minds of the conformist there simply is no need to question the existing ideology- all that is required is automatic obedience to existing rationale; even where such rationale is the use of public expenditure on roads for private vehicles. The blatant truth speaks for itself & is apparently a self affirming process in the mind of those in favour of building more roads- have we not enough roads? Why can't we find the expenditure for Public transport/infrastructure? Are there really no alternative possibilities other than repeating the very limited set of possibilities we've already tried & have shown to fail?
Ted
#11 Posted by Ted on 1 Feb 2016 at 10:52 AM
Does anybody think that the completion of this road might be a step toward the total obliteration of the M8 from the center of town?
My personal opinion is that the completion of M74 already makes a strong case for M8 removal. But I can't find anyone seriously considering it. Has anyone heard anything interesting on this subject?
IM
#12 Posted by IM on 2 Feb 2016 at 11:27 AM
Ted,
It completes the Bruce report intention to have a motorway 'ring' around Glasgow, albeit further east than originally intended, so I don't see the m8 being removed from the city centre. In fact based on recent decisions they'll probably widen it or build another one!
Fraser
#13 Posted by Fraser on 2 Feb 2016 at 18:32 PM
There is no way this Dual carriageway would replace the indispensable infrastructure the M8 provides.
May
#14 Posted by May on 22 Nov 2016 at 08:54 AM
I live in the Parklands Area, will this work affect our housing
Paul
#15 Posted by Paul on 25 Nov 2016 at 08:41 AM
Hi May. I'm not sure where Parklands is but the route is not intended to affect any housing!
I'm happy to see that the Work has started with demolition of the former rail bridge abutment at Carntyne Road.
Andy Pandy
#16 Posted by Andy Pandy on 25 Nov 2016 at 12:31 PM
Paul / May,

The new road will run behind Parklands Estate, there is a proposed junction on Edinburgh road over the old allotments and an other down at Carntyne Road. Check this link out: http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/councillorsandcommittees/viewDoc.asp?c=P62AFQDNT1DXUTZLZL
Paul
#17 Posted by Paul on 26 Nov 2016 at 11:50 AM
Andy,
Thanks for the info. I had no idea that the houses there were called parklands estate. I also did not realise that the route was so close to the houses.

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