AN EXTRA £3m will be invested in improving East Renfrewshire’s roads.

The funds will be targeted at unclassified, residential roads which have been been identified as most in need of work.

These include Commercial Road in Barrhead, Newton Mearns’ Mearns Road, Glasgow Road in Eaglesham and Rouken Glen Road at Thornliebank.

East Renfrewshire Council’s road network is ranked 27th out of 32 local authorities in Scotland.

This is despite leading the way on the condition of A class roads and performing higher than the national average for B and C class roads.

A report to the council’s cabinet revealed 44 percent of unclassified roads – which make up 80 percent of East Renfrewshire’s network – should be “considered for maintenance treatment”.

“In terms of overall position it is clear that the considerable achievements on the classified network are being overshadowed by the figures for the unclassified network,” the report adds.

As part of the council’s budget for 2019/20, it was agreed to top up the existing annual roads resurfacing works programme with a further £15million over the next five years. Councillors approved the works for this year at a meeting on Thursday.

East Renfrewshire Council leader Tony Buchanan said: “Improving the transport network is a vital part of encouraging economic growth and my fellow councillors and I are acutely aware of the importance which many people place on having well-maintained roads.

  “These works will benefit residents, but will also support our work to showcase East Renfrewshire as an attractive place to live, work and visit.

“I am delighted this additional funding has been agreed and we can get on with improving East Renfrewshire’s roads infrastructure and tackling the backlog of repairs.”

Environment Convener Alan Lafferty added: “As is the case with councils across Scotland, the number of roads and pavements requiring repair far outstrips the resources available to carry out the necessary works, so I am thrilled that we are able to further invest in roads across East Renfrewshire.

“It was important that all areas across the authority benefited from this additional fund, so from Eaglesham to Neilston, works will be ongoing throughout this financial year.

“Whether you are a road user or someone who walks along pavements, we have listened to your concerns and as the works progress I look forward to seeing the improvements.”

Carriageway resurfacing will take place at: B767 Glasgow Road, Eaglesham (Humbie Road to Eaglesham Cross), Rouken Glen Road, Thornliebank (B769 Spiersbridge Rd to A727), A77 Ayr Road Southbound, Newton Mearns (Mearns Cross), B769 Stewarton Road and Newton Mearns (Rural part only).

It will also be carried out on rural roads (rural parts only) in Barrhead –  Shilford Road, Sergeantlaw Road, Fereneze Road and Muirhead Road – and Eastwood, at Holehouse Road.

Repairs are planned at: Commercial Road, Barrhead, Glenwood Drive, Thornliebank, Greenwood Road, Clarkston (Mearns Road to Buccleuch Avenue), Etive Drive, Clarkston, Merrycrest Avenue, Giffnock (Fenwick Road to Thornlea Drive), Ormonde Avenue, Netherlee (Parklands Road to Ormonde Drive), Harelaw Avenue, Neilston, Eglinton Drive, Eaglesham (Part Only), C9 Barrhead Road, Newton Mearns (Waterside Avenue to Netherplace Road), Capelrig Road, Newton Mearns (Part only) (Crookfur Road to Meadowhill), Mearns Road, Newton Mearns (Broompark Drive to Falkland Avenue), Rowand Avenue, Giffnock, Briarlea Drive, Giffnock, Maryville Avenue, Giffnock (Park Rd – Maryville Gdns), Aurs Dr / Kelvin Dr, Barrhead (Arthurlie St – Arthurlie Ave), Castlehill Dr, Newton Mearns (Broomhill Avenue – Broomburn Dr) and Holehouse Brae, Neilston.

Footway resurfacing will take place at: Glenwood Drive, Thornliebank, Nethervale Avenue, Netherlee (Clarkston Road to Monteith Dr), Rowand Avenue, Giffnock, B769 Spiersbridge Road, Thornliebank (Rouken Glen Road to Spiersbridge Av.), Balgray Rd, Newton Mearns (Part Only), Craignethan Rd, Newton Mearns (odd side), Harelaw Ave, Neilston (odd side) and Ormonde Avenue (Parklands Rd to Ormonde Dr).