McMillan demands halt to A78 works

Greenock and Inverclyde MSP Stuart McMillan has demanded that work to locate a new island on Inverkip Road near the junction with Neil Street has to stop.

The new ‘pedestrian refuge crossing’, forms part of wider works on Inverkip Road to deal with the 198 new homes being built at the former Ravenscraig Hospital site.

Commenting, Stuart said:

“The proposed island, called a ‘pedestrian refuge crossing’, is extremely small and is in the wrong location. In addition to this, it would appear to be too narrow for anyone with a pram or in a wheelchair.”

“I have been told by Transport Scotland officials that the design for the island has been discussed with Inverclyde Council and was agreed last summer. Contractors on the site have told a local resident that the island could be finished within the next few weeks even though local resident have neither been consulted or received any correspondence regarding this proposal. Transport Scotland have however indicated that a consultation via social media has still to take place.

“I am at a loss with events here. Not only has there been no dialogue with residents, this planned crossing also appears to be dangerous.

“Until we can get clarity on this and residents’ concerns are taken into consideration, any work on this must stop. What is the point in a consultation after the structure is built?”

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