All roads lead to Allandale after notorious bus gates are removed

Michael Matheson MSP with Allandale residents Ivan Mochrie and Charlie O'Brien, following the removal of motorway bus gates after years of complaints
Michael Matheson MSP with Allandale residents Ivan Mochrie and Charlie O'Brien, following the removal of motorway bus gates after years of complaints
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Residents in Allandale have breathed a sigh of relief after a set of notorious bus gates blocking a nearby motorway exit were finally removed.

The Castlecary slip road leading to the eastbound M80 has been blocked by gates for the last three years, with only buses allowed to pass through.

In my view the bus gates should never have been installed in the first place and the residents of Allandale were never properly consulted on the matter

Falkirk West MSP Michael Matheson

Nearby residents complained that the new traffic system was confusing drivers and frequently led to tailbacks and occasional accidents.

Several vehicles coming from Cumbernauld have run into trouble while attempting u-turns at the closed motorway junction.

But they were finally removed last month - a satisfying outcome for the Allandale Residents Association Action Group, which had long campaigned on the issue.

They were helped in their quest by Falkirk West MSP Michael Matheson, who joined members Ivan Mochrie and Charlie O’Brien at the junction to mark the gates’ welcome removal.

Mr Matheson said: “This has been an ongoing issue for the people of Allandale over a number of years now and I would like to praise Ivan Mochrie, Charlie O’Brien and their colleagues on the Allandale Residents Association Action Group, with whom I have been pursuing this issue for a number of years now to have the gates removed.

“In my view the bus gates should never have been installed in the first place and the residents of Allandale were never properly consulted on the matter.

“However, we have finally arrived at the point of having them removed after a long campaign that started before they had even been installed

“I would like to pay tribute to Ivan, Charlie and the local action group for their campaign and perseverance in finally getting this matter resolved”.

Speaking when the bus gates removal was announced, Margaret Craig, owner of Craigs Licensed Grocers in Allandale, said it was a long overdue decision.

“The motorway works caused a lot of problems for people living nearby, and the new road system was a disaster,” she said.