ROAD closures will be in place as work gets underway to make a major route safer for drivers.

Scotland TranServ will replace signage on the A726 relating to the Eaglesham Road and West Mains Road Roundabouts.

The new signs will combine the messaging of the group of existing signage, reducing the clutter of signage in the area.

Bruce Wade, Scotland TranServ’s Senior Site Engineer, said: "This short programme of works will reduce the existing clutter of signage and replace it with a single sign on each approach, which more clearly combines the messaging.

"This will help to reduce driver confusion and therefore help to improve road safety in this very busy part of our network in East Kilbride.

"We are actively working across South West Scotland to reduce the number of signs, posts and objects on the trunk road verges to make our trunk roads more passively safe.

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"It is necessary that we install these new signs in advance of the upcoming installation of a pedestrian crossing on the A726 Queensway.

"In order to reduce disruption the new controlled crossing will be installed in conjunction with a major waterproofing project by our Bridges colleagues.

"Scotland TranServ has been working in consultation with the local authority, emergency services and key stakeholders to carefully plan these works to minimise the impact on the community and businesses."

Overnight and day closures will include:

• Nearside lane closures between Monday, June 24 and Friday, June 28

• Total overnight closure of the A726 at this location between 8pm Thursday, June 27 and 6am on Friday, June 28.

Local diversions will be in place overnight during times of road closure.

Drivers are asked to allow some extra time for their journeys.

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Vincent Tait, Scotland TranServ’s Strategic Road Safety Manager, added: "Across South West Scotland, we’re working on behalf of Transport Scotland to prioritise such road safety issues and deliver our improvement projects as quickly and safely as possible.

"This programme of work has been scheduled to be delivered with maximum efficiency and minimal disruption."