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Bus gates to be removed from notorious Castlecary motorway junction

Baillie Billy Buchanan at the bus gates at Castlecary junction, near Allandale, at the M80 motorway, which are to be removed.

Baillie Billy Buchanan at the bus gates at Castlecary junction, near Allandale, at the M80 motorway, which are to be removed.

 

Motorists have breathed a sigh of relief after it was confirmed that a notorious motorway junction will re-open to all traffic.

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.

Residents in nearby Allandale have 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.

In a letter to local councillor Billy Buchanan, Falkirk Council confirmed that it was working with its North Lanarkshire counterpart following a consultation on roads in the area.

Traffic calming measures will be installed in Castlecary before the junction re-opens. That is expected to take place in the autumn.

Baillie Buchanan said: “This decision is not before time. The roads situation at Castlecary has been a nightmare and seriously dangerous. I hope no further incidents happen before the autumn.”

Margaret Craig, owner of Craigs Licensed Grocers in Allandale, said it was a long overdue decision.

“Those bus gates should never have been installed,” she said. “The motorway works caused a lot of problems for people living nearby, and the new road system put in place was a disaster.

“This decision should improve access to the village.”

 

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