Aileen Campbell has written to South Lanarkshire Council asking whether they consulted with local businesses and how many design options they considered before paving over a layby bus stop in Biggar which has led to increased congestion for the town. The response received already from Transport Scotland states that the work was carried out at the instigation of a local councillor. Aileen had been contacted by some local businesses regarding the difficulties the new arrangement was causing with traffic frequently building up along the street as a result of the new design.
Commenting Aileen said:
“It’s clear that this work is disrupting the traffic through the town and causing difficulties for local businesses. Whilst there were problems with the old layby, the new arrangement means that all buses are now blocking the flow of traffic when they use the stop. This in turn is leading to traffic building up which is frustrating for motorists and makes the area less attractive for pedestrians and local residents.
"It seems that the council didn’t effectively engage with people in Biggar affected by the new design, as the problems it is causing would have been evident even at the design stage. This isn’t good enough when we are trying to encourage people to shop locally and boost business on our High Streets.”