Wednesday 23 November 2011
The £900,000 improvement scheme, which was designed and constructed by Stirling Council’s Environment Services, is a joint venture between Stirling Council and Forth Valley College to support the relocation of the college’s Stirling Campus and the future development of the Kildean area.
Speaking at the re-opening of the road, Cllr Jim Thomson said.
“This project dramatically improves the character of the west approach to Raploch replacing the dual carriageway with a road design which is more in keeping with the layout of the local community. Our aim is to reduce the attractiveness of Drip Road as a through route, limiting the impact of traffic and improve the environment for the local community.
“A new roundabout within the scheme provides excellent access to Forth Valley College, and the alterations to Kildean Roundabout have provided a new access road to enable the future economic development within the Kildean area.
“The scheme has also provided improved pedestrian and cycle routes, facilities for public transport and improvements to the streetscape. I’d like to thank the Raploch Community for their support for this scheme, and their patience during the construction works. “
Dr Ken Thomson, Depute Principal of Forth Valley College, welcomed the completion of the project, saying:
"This is a major milestone in the creation of our new state-of-the-art Stirling Campus which is due to open in April next year. The location is already very accessible with excellent transport links and the road improvement works will add to this.
“Stirling Council has been very supportive throughout our new estates project and we see our partnership with them as vital to the future success of the campus. We would also like to thank our new neighbours for their support throughout the process. We look forward to delivering their new campus which will offer increased access to education and training opportunities in the Forth Valley area and modern, state-of-the-art facilities in a stunning location."