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Motorists face delays as bridge work starts; BUSY ROADS Services to city centre taking 30 minutes at peak times.

Byline: Robert Fairnie

Motorists travelling on Glasgow Road have experienced some delays caused by the one-way closure at Kerse Road this week.

The new one-way system was put in place on Monday for east-bound traffic exiting the Craigs Roundabout while diversions have been in-place for those who travel west into the city through Springkerse.

Motorists coming into Stirling via the M80 are advised to use Glasgow Road - resulting in journey times of up to 30-minutes from the services to city centre at peak times according to some drivers.

Diversions are also in-place via the A91 and A9 Burghmuir Road - with those coming from the eastern villages likely to use Forthside or Braehead to complete their journeys.

Roads in Braehead are said to be busier than usual, but still moving, while the Springkerse and Forthside areas have also seen additional vehicles.

Stirling Council environment convener Councillor Jim Thomson says that the local authority will continue to monitor activity on affected routes and pinch points.

He said: "I know Glasgow Road is a bit busier but the feedback we're getting is that most routes are running freely.

"We will keep an eye on it and we've asked our fellow councillors to give us feedback, while the officers have been out too.

"We would obviously prefer the work didn't have to happen but we are relatively pleased with how things have been going, but we just need to keep looking at it."

Stirling East Councillor Chris Kane added: "Traffic in Braehead is definitely busier but moving, so I'm cautiously optimistic that the mitigation measures are working in Braehead.

"I've had a few reports of concerns about traffic in Springkerse, particularly at the end of the working day. But we're only three days into the partial closure and reacting to actual traffic rather than theoretical traffic changes.

"Network Rail need to keep an eye on everything and change what isn't working when problems arise."

With more motorists using the area, new zebra crossings have been installed in Braehead along with speed activated signs aimed at keeping pedestrians safe.

A drop-in session designed to give residents more information on the road closure took place at the Crawford Halls in Braehead last night (Tuesday) while a drop-in session for affected businesses will run in the Golden Lion Hotel tomorrow (Thursday) from 4pm to 7pm.

A full closure of the road will last from April 22 to October 31 to allow Network Rail to demolish and replace the road bridge ahead of the electrification of the Stirling-Dunblane-Alloa (SDA) line.

| Have you experienced any additional problems on the roads caused by the Kerse Road closure this week? Email: news@stirlingobserver.co.uk

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Publication:Stirling Observer (Stirling, Scotland)
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Date:Jan 10, 2018
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