Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 12:34 GMT on Wednesday, 8th August 2012.
Part closures of Wilderness Brae are for resurfacing works and not the implementation of new safety measures

Picture is copyright of Bill Henry and is used on his courtesy.
CUMBERNAULD’S Wilderness Brae, the scene of the road traffic accident which claimed the lives of three men last Wednesday was apparently set to close for five days as new safety measures were put in place down the A8011.

The news was suggest to a welcoming public through the Wilderness Brae Appeal campaign Facebook page, “Bit of digging going on this morning on the grass central reserve this morning not to sure what they're up to”, was the post which followed the original closure announcement, “Wilderness Brae is closed from Monday for 5 days… Are we going to be getting changes”.

The actions follow North Lanarkshire Council’s decision, on Wednesday 1st August, when the Council announced it would work to reduce Wilderness Brae to one lane northbound.

Councillor James Coyle, Convener of Planning and Transportation for North Lanarkshire Council, issued the following statement at 4:55pm on Wednesday (1st August): “As part of our immediate response to yesterday's accident, work will commence this evening to reduce the A8011 northbound carriageway to a single lane.

“This move follows a meeting with Strathclyde Police and is in response to public concern. It will also allow our engineers to continue their own investigation with a view to introducing further safety measures on this road where appropriate. We would ask all motorists to be aware of the reduced width and adjust their driving technique and speed accordingly.”

However, the works which are taking place on the un-named slip roads which lead onto and off of Wilderness Brae, to and from the Braehead roundabout, are actually closing due to resurfacing works, which have been scheduled since July. North Lanarkshire Council have been unavailable for comment but it is believed that the additional digging going on is to further allow road engineers to investigate the accident site further.