Residents fear Fastlink will slow-up Govan

ANGRY residents held a meeting to discuss their fears over the £40 million Glasgow Fastlink plan.

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Locals attended the meeting at the Fairfield offices in Govan last night to discuss their objections to the new transport project.

As reported in last night's Evening Times, the public meeting was called by Govan Community Council and gave residents the chance to voice their concerns over Fastlink.

The controversial £40m project will link the city centre to the new Southern General Hospital.

However, residents believe it will reduce access to services around Govan Road and Govan Cross.

In an open letter to city councillors, residents said Fastlink's proposal for a dedicated bus-lane was "unnecessary and regressive".

It read: "It will damage the Govan Conservation Area, undermine efforts to restore Govan's urban form and dehumanise a long stretch of Govan's main street."

The Fastlink will use specially designed buses on a segregated bus corridor.

Buses will travel at normal speeds but won't face delays caused by traffic lights and junctions.

Residents believe the scheme will cause "parking and traffic chaos" by removing parking from Govan Road and reduce access to Elder Park.

The letter added: "We have voiced these views repeatedly over the past 18 months, but to no avail.

"And therefore have no illusions about the weakness of the community's position."

Locals urged those behind the controversial project to opt for a "simpler scheme" that allows Fastlink to form part of mainstream traffic.

Traffic delays have hit the Clyde Arc Bridge after works, linked to the £40m Fastlink project, got underway.

Locals are being urged to put forward their concerns over Fastlink before the deadline for objections on Friday.

rebecca.gray@ eveningtimes.co.uk

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