Menzieshill roadworks


27th July 2018

Essential maintenance work to resurface one of the city’s busiest roads is set to take place next month.

Charleston Drive between Earn Crescent and Lochay Place will be resurfaced from Monday August 6 to Friday August 24.

Mark Flynn depute convener of Dundee City Council’s city development committee said: “Not only is Charleston Drive one of the main arteries in Menzieshill it is a bus route into and out of Ninewells Hospital so we understand that this work will be an inconvenience to a lot of people.

“The alternative routes will be well signposted and I would ask for patience and co-operation so that Tayside Contracts can get on with what needs to be done as quickly and smoothly as possible.

“It has been a long time since this stretch of road was resurfaced and I am sure that drivers, passengers and other road users will appreciate the new surface when it is complete.”

The work will be carried out in three phases, the first of which is due to last four days from August 6 and will cover Earn Crescent to Spey Drive. 

Where Charleston Drive meets Spey Drive the second phase will take place over the weekend of August11 and 12, while the final phase from Spey Drive to Lochay Place is due to be carried out between August 13 and 24.

An alternative route will be available via Spey Drive, Mallaig Avenue, South Road, Arran Drive, Charleston Drive, Dickson Avenue, Ninewells Avenue and Tom McDonald Avenue.

Access for businesses/residents will be maintained where possible, although drivers are being asked to avoid the area during the works if possible.


Christine McGlasson, Xplore Dundee Managing Director, said: “We realise it’s vitally important to make sure that people can still get to the hospital throughout these roadworks and we’re trying to ensure we maintain the highest level of service possible in this area, despite the disruption to the road network. 

“We’re working alongside Dundee City Council to keep this part of the city moving and we hope that customers will find they can still travel to and from the hospital throughout the duration of these important works.”

Diversions will be in place for bus services 17, 22, 29 and 29S and in order to maintain accessibility to Ninewells Hospital, the local bus operator is introducing a shuttle service 22C for the duration of the roadworks. 

This special service will provide a clockwise loop around Menzieshill every 12 minutes, and connect with service 22 on Glamis Road at Balgay Cemetery.

Full details of the changes are as follows:  

  • Service 17 will be diverted via Dickson Avenue and will terminate at The Shand
  • Service 22 will be diverted via Ninewells Avenue in order to maintain access to Ninewells Hospital. (For service to/from Menzieshill, see shuttle service 22c below)
  • Service 29 will be diverted via the Technology Park in order to maintain access to Ninewells Hospital (this will not apply until phase two takes effect on Saturday 11 August)
  • School service 29s will commence from Explorer Road before serving South Road
  • Shuttle service 22c will provide a clockwise loop around Menzieshill every 12 mins (AM from 0830 to 1200; PM from 1340 to 1720), connecting with service 22 at/opposite Balgay Cemetery
  • Regular tickets (such as DaySavers) can be purchased and used on service 22c.
  • A max single fare is available to make transfers for onward travel to/from Menzieshill. Drivers will punch the ticket to confirm that the transfer has been fulfilled (at no extra cost). Passengers boarding on Dickson Avenue must do so on the northbound side of the road. Bus services will be affected by this closure and passengers should visit or telephone the bus operator for further details of diversion routes and alternative bus stops.

Stagecoach services will not serve Dickson Avenue and will travel via Ninewells Avenue and Tom McDonald Avenue to Ninewells Hospital while pedestrian access will be maintained during the work.

Dundee City Council

Dundee draws skilled workers from a 60-minute catchment population of 640,000 and has a local population of over 140,000. The availability of a large pool of highly skilled labour is a key feature in the Dundee economy. Flexibility in the labour force is currently more prevalent in Dundee than in Scotland as a whole. All forms of labour market flexibility - part-time, temporary employment, self-employment and shift work - are widely operational within the city. Labour force stability in the city is excellent, enabling companies to plan with confidence. Labour turnover levels are less than 5% and absenteeism averages 2%.

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