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Traffic lights for busy junction

Published Wednesday, 04 October 2017

general image of traffic lights on busy street

Work to install traffic signals at a junction in Lanark will get underway this week.

The traffic lights will be installed at the junction of the A73 and A72 at Steels Cross, including Lockhart Drive.

The present junction arrangement results in traffic being delayed from leaving the A72, particularly during peak periods, and junction modelling has confirmed that the junction is at or near capacity during peak periods. It also confirmed that the most appropriate measure to reduce delays is traffic signals. 

Funding has been secured from Strathclyde Partnership for Transport for this project and it is anticipated that £140,000 will be invested in altering the junction. 

The works will involve installing traffic signals to control traffic and it will also include a pedestrian crossing. 

In order to minimise delays, the junction will have an operating system called Mova which alters the traffic signal timings based on the number of vehicles approaching the junction.

Councillor John Anderson, the chair of the council’s Community and Enterprise Resources Committee, said: “Construction will generally be undertaken during off-peak times on week days and Sunday. During the works, the road width will be reduced and traffic controlled by appropriate traffic management.

“While we will make every effort to accommodate all road users, some disruption will be inevitable and we would be grateful for the cooperation of anyone affected during these times. We would encourage road users to find alternative routes where possible.

“We would request that all road users allow additional time for all journeys and that they plan their routes accordingly. We apologise for any inconvenience that may occur.”

Once operational, the new traffic signals will be monitored and timings will be altered to ensure that the junction operates as efficiently as possible.