CHORD works under way

Work is due to start this week on ‘public realm improvements’ as part of the controversial CHORD project in Helensburgh.

Within the next eight weeks a new pedestrian crossing will be installed on West King Street, with the crossing on West Clyde Street being enhanced.

The three sets of traffic signals on Sinclair Street will be upgraded, as well as those on the junction of East King Street and Grant Street.

The contract which is partly funded by Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, has been awarded to PEEK Limited.

Depute area leader Richard Trail said, “The letting of this contract not only  kicks-starts the much need investment boost to the town centre, it delivers the eagerly awaited new signalised pedestrian crossing in West King Street, which the residents at Waverley Court and surrounding area have been campaigning for  over a number of years.

“The tender submissions for the main Public Realm Improvements (PRI) in the town centre and waterfront are currently being evaluated by the council.

“An announcement of the successful contractor is expected to be made next month, with works starting on site late April/early May.

“This is the start of big improvements for Helensburgh and I look forward to seeing the results.”

He added that the project timescales were in line with the dates stated when the decision was taken to review the design for Colquhoun Square.