East End project is on the route to success

The new East End Regeneration Route in Glasgow will open up greater access to the East End by creating a route from the M74 in the south to the M8/M80 in the north.

Main contractors for Phase Two of the project are Farrans and IH Brown.

The route has been constructed in sections and works have included the construction of a four-lane single carriageway distributor road with contiguous footways, 10 new junctions and the refurbishment of existing roads.

Additional works include the reconfiguration of Rutherglen Bridge, the alteration and relining of carriage and roadway markings, and landscaping and mitigation works. Earthworks have included the treatment of contaminated land and the demolition of vacant properties.

Phase Two of the East End Regeneration Route began in March 2010 and runs from Rutherglen Bridge to the Glasgow/Motherwell railway line at Dalmarnock Road before running due north to London Road and passing through Calmachie to connect with the Parkhead Bypass at the Gallowgate junction.

Planning permission for the road was granted in 2005, following a public consultation exercise that included the provision of plans in council premises, local facilities and libraries.

Benefits of the £90 million scheme include: the regeneration of derelict land, improved pedestrian routes, improved vehicular access and parking to the Forge shopping centre, a reduction in traffic congestion and improved road safety.

It is hoped that the project will encourage economic regeneration in the East End by attracting new businesses and creating greater employment opportunities for the local people.

Phase Two is expected to be delivered in the spring of 2012, whilst Phase Three will be procured after the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

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