Public urged to 'have your say on Stewartfield Way'

Published: Thursday 7 November 2019

A view of a traffic jam on Stewartfield Road during a particularly congested period

Members of the public are being asked for their opinions on a £62 million plan to upgrade Stewartfield Way in East Kilbride.

Views on the plans to dual Stewartfield Way, a key part of Central Scotland’s road network, are being sought from residents in East Kilbride and also others among the 23,000 motorists who use the road each day.

The upgrade is one of the projects included in the Glasgow City Deal, as the single-carriage way road is seen as a “missing link” in the wider road network which connects the city region through major roads including the M74, the M8, M77 and the East Kilbride Expressway.

Plans to upgrade Stewartfield Way have been in local plans for more than 20 years and now South Lanarkshire Council wants local people and other road users, including businesses, to have their say.

Council Leader John Ross said: “When the City Deal was agreed in 2014 the upgrading of Stewartfield Way was the biggest proposed project in South Lanarkshire.  Senior councillors at the time acknowledged that the work would be disruptive but there would be long-term gains.

“We are now at the stage where we are ready to progress the project to the next stage.  However, we are a listening council and we want to know what people think.  Obviously we are very keen to hear from local residents, but we are also reaching out to everyone who uses the road, including businesses.

“That is why we are launching one of the biggest public consultation exercises the council has ever undertaken.  This will include two days of public exhibitions and an online questionnaire for everyone with an interest to share their views.”

Stewartfield Way is currently often congested at peak times, with knock-on delays affecting the East Kilbride Expressway and other roads in East Kilbride.  The consultation will show how that congestion could be eased, in the process reducing air pollution and improving road safety.

The plan which is being consulted on proposes the full dualling of Stewartfield Way between Philipshill and Kingsgate roundabouts, with the new carriageway being built entirely to the north of the existing road - that is, away from nearby houses.

Roundabouts will be enlarged to provide increased capacity, with a new roundabout replacing the Playsport junction, and new bridges provided crossing the Kittoch Water and Markethill Road.  

A key part of the project would be the introduction of a new cycle path and footway running the entire length of the new road, linking into to James Hamilton Heritage Park and to other facilities.  There would also be other improvements for pedestrians and enhanced bus infrastructure.

The public consultation has now begun and more information is available from a dedicated page on the council's website

The public are invited to attend two information events to be held in Stewartfield Community Centre on 26 November from 1pm to 8pm, and in the Plaza at East Kilbride Town Centre on 27 November from 9am to 5pm.

In addition, views will be welcomed via an online questionnaire, or by writing to South Lanarkshire Council, Roads and Transportation Services, Montrose House, 154 Montrose Crescent, Hamilton, ML3 6LB, or by email.

The consultation will close on 20 December 2019.  Should the project then progress to a full planning application there will be opportunities for members of the public to provide further feedback and submit representations at that time.

Improvements to Stewartfield Way have been included in a succession of local development plans and transportation strategies for over 20 years, including the current Local Transport Strategy 2013 to 2023.

It is one of three major transport projects forming part of the council’s City Deal programme, all three of which were granted Strategic Business Case approval in August 2015.  Of the others, the Cathkin Relief Road has been delivered and the Greenhills/Strathaven Road dualling is now progressing on site.

The project will also complement a number of other projects being taken forward in East Kilbride, notably the City Deal East Kilbride Community Growth Area (CGA) project, which includes potential funding for Park and Ride improvements.

In addition, there are plans to introduce enhanced cycle and walking routes for the town as identified in the council’s Cycling Strategy, while Transport Scotland/Network Rail are developing ambitious plans for the East Kilbride rail line, and the council is actively working with them to bring proposals forward.