The works will begin on 4 May 2016 and are expected to last approximately 20 weeks. During this time, work will be undertaken on Sachelcourt Avenue, Birch Road, Station Road and the park-and-ride facilities at Bishopton train station. These works will enhance the environmental quality, amenity and safety of these significant links, and will create an extended park-and-ride facility for the village.
Jon Gettinby, Bishopton Programme Manager at BAE Systems said: “We are aware that these works may cause some disruption and inconvenience to local residents over the coming months and we have undertaken efforts to minimise these. These works are necessary to enhance the road surfaces and drainage in the area, and are part of our continued commitment to the local communities. Our aim is to create an environment that is more accessible and user-friendly for pedestrians and cyclists.”
The works will be phased over 20 weeks and will start with the drainage improvements on Birch Road. The scheduled works will include:
- Expansion and resurfacing of the park-and-ride facilities, creating 60 additional car-parking spaces, to give residents access to 150 parking spaces
- Resurfacing and profiling of Birch Road extending up to Rossland Crescent
- Installation of lighting on the core link path between housing and the park-and-ride, Birch Road and the car park
- Drainage works on Station Road and Sachelcourt Avenue
Safety is a key priority and there will be a number of temporary traffic light control systems for the duration of the resurfacing works, which may cause some disruption to traffic flow in the area. Birch Road will be closed to all traffic, with the exception of construction and emergency vehicle access, from 9 May to 17 May and again from 1 July to 9 September. Traffic on Station Road will be restricted between 18 May and 1 July, but access to Sachelcourt Avenue and the station will be maintained.
Access to the park-and-ride will continue as usual until approximately 4 July 2016 when a temporary car park will be opened as a replacement to the current facility. The temporary car park will have an increased capacity for parking than the current park-and-ride facility and will be decommissioned on completion of the works.
Dargavel Village is one of the largest brownfield developments in the UK, transforming the 2,400 acre former Royal Ordnance Factory site at Bishopton to provide new housing, community and development facilities, improved road and motorway linkage and public open space around the existing village.
BAE Systems will continue to operate its Freephone hotline on 0800 130 3302 to manage any concerns or queries members of the community may have.