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Blackness Road area – roadworks clarification

Residents will have noted that the temporary traffic lights on Blackness Road at the Glamis Road/Glamis Drive roundabout (see right) have disappeared.     However, this is unfortunately not because the works by Scotland Gas Networks (SGN) are completed.
 
I have been updated by Scotland Gas Networks’ Team Manager as follows :
 
“Unfortunately our work at the Glamis Road roundabout is well behind schedule due to the ground conditions we are encountering.   However, as Scottish Water (SW) is programmed to start in Blackness Road shortly which would conflict with our work, we are lifting the traffic management at the roundabout before they start and will return to complete our work here after SW have finished.  
 
In the meantime we will be continuing on Glamis Road itself as this won’t disrupt traffic, and will also be returning to Perth Road to complete the service works and mains abandonment which we had to abort previously.
 
Scottish Water is starting Blackness Road 20th February for approximately 2 weeks so we’ll be back at the roundabout probably mid March for about 2 weeks.”
 
The Scottish Water work is further east on Blackness Road.   The City Council has further updated me as follows : 
 
“The SW work will start 20 February at Glenagnes Road junction.    The second week they will move south to Rosefield Street for the second week.
Once SW is complete on their section of Blackness Road, SGN will return to Blackness Road Glamis with their original set up to complete works there. 
As SGN intimated, it will utilise the two weeks of 20/27 February, when SW are in Blackness Road, to complete the remaining services connections left behind in Perth Road at Arnhall Drive area.”

Glamis Road area – pedestrian safety

Back in 2014, at my request on behalf of constituents, the City Council provided a central refuge island on Glamis Road just north of the roundabout with Blackness Road/Glamis Drive to assist pedestrian safety.
 
Given the width of Glamis Road, I have since had requests for similar safety measures south of the roundabout and also towards the south end of the road, near its junction with Perth Road (see latter – right).
 
I raised this with the City Council and have been advised as follows :
 
“Glamis Road / Perth Road junction and Glamis Road / Blackness Road roundabout has been inspected and there is justification for central refuge traffic islands to be provided at these locations.
However due to the proposed budget cuts I am awaiting confirmation of the budgets for 2016/17 minor works.
With the likely budget cuts this scheme will have to compete with other minor works from the available budgets.
We will have to evaluate all schemes before confirming the works programme.”
 
I will continue to press for these to be provided as soon as funding is available.

Glamis Drive pavements

Glamis Drive
I have again raised with the City Council – at the request of constituents – the poor pavement condition in Glamis Drive between the junction with Hazel Drive and Glamis Road.   I specifically asked, given its deteriorated state, if it can be considered for a future year’s resurfacing programme.
 
I have received the following response from the City Council’s Roads Maintenance Partnership :
 
“Glamis Drive footways are not included in the provisional three year footway resurfacing list .
 
However, they have been identified for inclusion in future programmes of work subject to funding and other priorities identified at that time. 
 
They will of course continue to be inspected on a regular basis and any actionable defects dealt with to ensure safety is maintained.”
 
I will continue to press for pavement improvements in Glamis Drive.

Area around Glamis Road/Drive/Blackness Road roundabout – south side

In August, I reported that the council had, following my request on behalf of residents, provided a central refuge island and drop kerbs to help folk get across the road in the area around the Glamis Road/Drive/Blackness Road roundabout.    See photo – right.
 
This was provided north of the roundabout and I have since had requests from residents for similar provision on the south part of Glamis Road – south of the roundabout – again a busy stretch of road.    I therefore raised this with Dundee City Council.
 
The City Council’s Network Management Team’s Team Leader has since advised me :
 
“I will arrange for the section south of the roundabout to be inspected for consideration within a future minor works programme.
The Minor Works budget which would provide funds for this type of works is committed for this year’s budget 2014/15 with the projected expenditure as per budget availability.”

Area around Glamis Road/Drive/Blackness Road roundabout : An Update

Back in February, I advised that several residents had contacted me about how difficult they find it to get across the road in the area around the Glamis Road/Drive/Blackness Road roundabout.  
 
Thereafter, the council agreed to my request for improvements, and, after a site visit to ascertain the viability of providing a central refuge island and drop kerbs, it was agreed these should be provided.
 
I am now pleased to report that the work to provide this has now commenced – see below:
 

Area around Glamis Road/Drive/Blackness Road roundabout – progress on pedestrian safety improvements

Back in February, I reported that a number of constituents have contacted me about how difficult they find it to get across the road in the area around the Glamis Road/Drive/Blackness Road roundabout.     The City Council’s Head of Transportation had responded positively to my request for improvements, stating that a site visit would be undertaken to ascertain the viability of providing a central refuge island and drop kerbs.
 
The good news is that the Team Leader in Network Management has now advised:
“The Engineers have now carried out a site survey for this location and have confirmed the carriageway is greater than 9m wide and therefore a central refuge island can be accommodated.The island design with drop kerb provision will be carried out for this scheme for inclusion within this year minor works and drop kerb programme.”