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Chicanes to be removed following consultation

Published Tuesday, 11 September 2018

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Chicanes in Sherry Drive, Hamilton, are to be removed, the area resurfaced and safety features introduced.

Following a consultation exercise in July and August, South Lanarkshire Council received around 700 responses to the four options available.

Almost half of those who responded went for option four, which was to:

• Remove all chicanes, introduce part-time mandatory 20mph speed limit over the frontage of St Mark’s Primary School and a further two Vehicle Activated Signs (VAS) downhill from the school.  Also provide a central hatched area with coloured surfacing over the length of Sherry Drive from Nevis Avenue to Stewart Avenue.

A number of responses highlighted speeding traffic concerns, so a further two VAS signs will be introduced taking the number to four.

The works will begin on Monday 1 October 2018 with preparatory works (i.e. localised patching and removal of the chicanes), followed by the carriageway resurfacing from Saturday 13 October 2018 for nine days and the road markings and signs will then begin from Monday 22 October.

Leader of South Lanarkshire Council, Councillor John Ross, said: “We want to thank everyone who participated in the survey, either online or by attending our two open evenings at St Mark’s Primary School.

“We have listened carefully to the feedback we have received and are confident that this option is the best one.

“It should be noted that some elements of the works are weather dependant and it is also likely there will be significant disruption during the works but these will be kept to a minimum where possible. 

“Sherry Drive will require to be closed at certain periods during the works, and details will be communicated in due course.

“We will make every effort to accommodate all road users, but some disruption will be inevitable and we would be grateful for the cooperation of anyone affected during these times.

“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 in place the new arrangements will be monitored.