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Carillion wins £21m Kirkintilloch link road

Carillion has taken a £21 million deal to build a road linking Kirkintilloch to the M80 motorway in East Dunbartonshire.

The firm’s Scottish civil engineering arm has already carried out site preparation work for the project and will now embark on an 18 month build period to allow the new road to open in late 2009.

The road will relieve congestion in Kirkintilloch by diverting traffic away from the town centre, while also opening the town up to opportunities as it becomes more accessible to new businesses wanting to set up in the area.

Around 1,000 new jobs and 100 new businesses are expected to be created as a result of the link road’s construction.

East Dunbartonshire council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “The link road is central to the delivery of many of the other proposed projects and will boost business and tourism in the area.

"Exciting things are happening in Kirkintilloch, we have a new state of the art leisure centre and work has also begun on a new £8 million custom built integrated care centre."