Car counting starts on Ineos road

The monitor on Bo'ness Road
The monitor on Bo'ness Road

Council planners have started monitoring the traffic flow on a road which petrochemical giant Ineos is looking to close to the public.

The Grangemouth firm now has lodged plans with Falkirk Council to permanently close a section of the town’s Bo’ness Road and now the council is using monitoring devices to ascertain how busy the particular stretch is before the matter comes before the planning committee.

A council spokesman said: “We often use traffic counters across the area to monitor traffic levels as it helps us assess what developers put forward in their planning applications.

“At this particular location we expect the counters to be in place for up to two weeks.”

Ineos applied to temporarily close the stretch of the A904 from Inchyra Road to Wholeflats Road last year in order to carry out vital work on its petrochemical site.

Last month it submitted a Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) with the council to permanently close the road between Inchyra Road and a point east of the Avon Bridge.