New track building ... branch left and right from the Loch Humphrey track in the vicinity of the loch itself. One goes off towards Greenside Loch and the other runs away in the direction of Milton, adjacent to the forest edge. The works are quite substantial and look designed for heavy stuff - not just pedestrians and cyclists.
Apparently the new roads are for access to power line works. The Forestry Commission wants to retain them afterwards for their own purposes.
See this link to an account of a walk by someone who "spent most of the summer forging a new road through a part of the Kilpatrick Hills" :
This is in addition to other road works planned for the hills that we've been told about:
FCS have just bought the small plantation above Wester Cameron Farm. This is to help them secure a exit route for the timber from Merkins plantations. The route west down Auchencarroch road was always looking difficult-the road could not cope with timber wagons.
They are now planning to take the timber east over the Cameron Muir track to Finnich Toll. Campbell Graham, Aucheneck, has agreed to the upgrading of this track. This leaves them with a short distance of new track to build to link into the existing forest road. The John Muir Trail will be using the existing forest track and coming west down Auchencarroch road before joining CR7 to Balloch.