Three councillors have welcomed the continuing improvement to the road network in Johnstone and surrounding areas.
As part of a record £40m investment in roads and footpaths by the SNP run Council, this year has seen some of the worst roads in Johnstone resurfaced, while areas which see high traffic levels have also received attention before they start to crumble.
Cllr Jacqueline Cameron said “I am currently learning to drive and I am seeing for myself the potholes that my constituents complain about. I don’t know how the Labour council managed to let our roads get into such a state, but I’m very glad to see constant improvement all across the area.”
She added “It has been especially good to see areas completely ignored in the past, like Craigview Avenue in Howwood Road, getting some long overdue attention at last.”
Her Johnstone South & Elderslie colleague Cllr Andy Steel, added: “What’s been really good to see is the sensible nature of the improvements, with roads which offer the most benefit to the most people being done as soon as possible.”
“That’s why the roads around the Phoenix have been done, with people from all our communities now being able to get there without risking their wheels. Improvements to the Beith Road benefit people in Spateston and Howwood. And repairs to roads around our schools send out a strong signal that we value our young people and teaching staff, so I’m very much looking forward to seeing the road into Wallace Primary in Elderslie resurfaced.”
Cllr Emma Rodden, whose ward includes Johnstone town centre, welcomed improvements in some high profile areas.
She said: “My job means I drive all over Renfrewshire and I see freshly repaired roads in every corner of the authority, and Johnstone is no different. Not before time.”
“Quarry Street behind Ludovic Square was awful until it was resurfaced this summer, it was a terrible message to send out to visitors to the town centre. And it was especially pleasing to see Quarrelton Road brought up to scratch, providing a much better environment for staff, pupils and parents at St Margaret’s primary.
“Getting the busy junction at Morrison’s in order has made a huge difference to drivers coming in and out of Johnstone, while repairing the mini roundabout at Cochranemill Rd means people from Spateston, Howwood, and Johnstone can access the bypass more safely.
“Of course there are many more roads to fix and that will take time, but we are determined to keep investing in the roads network until it is fit for the 21st century.”