A77 roadworks will be ‘disaster for business’

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A Local councillor is asking for roadworks planned on the A77 to be cancelled.

Alec Clark said the planned full closure of the road over the weekend of August 27 and 28 will impact heavily on local businesses.

A full weekend closure of the A77 between Girvan and Maybole is planned for the end of this month.

It’s all part of a £250,000 road mainteance scheme on a stretch of the road at Girvan Mains which will also included overnight closures.

Scotland TranServ, on behalf of Transport Scotland, says it will resurface a section of the A77 at Girvan Mains using 24 hour, day and nighttime working to help reduce disruption.

Overnight closures from 8pm to 6am will be in place from Bridgemill Roundabout to Drumdow Road Junction commencing on Tuesday, August 23 until Thursday, August 25.

A full closure will then be implemented from 8pm on Friday, August 26 until 6am on Monday, August 29 to enable 24-hour working. During this closure, local access will be maintained from Drumdow Road junction to Dowhill Farm.

Scotland TranServ’s operating company representative, Andy Fraser said: “This resurfacing scheme will ensure the long term resilience of this stretch of the A77, which is travelled by almost 4000 motorists each day. We have made every effort to programme the works out with peak times and overnight when traffic flows are considerably lighter, therefore reducing disruption to road users.”

Councillor Alec Clark has written to Scotland Transerv expressing his concerns.

He said: “This will be a disaster for business both in the town and villages as well as those along the A77 because this is one of the busiest weekends of the year given that the English and Irish Schools are still on Holiday and it will also be the final weekend of the Edinburgh Tattoo and Festival with all of the Irish traffic going to and coming from Edinburgh.

“Businesses are absolutely dependant on this time of year and I would ask that this work be rescheduled. “The A77 through Girvan was due for closure this weekend without a thought for the fact that the Work Pipe Band championships are in Glasgow. Does common sense actually exist within Transport Scotland and Transerve?”

Motorists should plan ahead and leave plenty of time for their journeys. They can keep up to date with real time traffic information by visiting www.trafficscotland.co.uk

Diversion: Southbound A77 at Maybole Cross – Jct of St Curthbert’s Rd B7023 – turn left to B7023 St Curthbert’s Rd – continue along Crosshill Rd, take right to remaining B7023 – turn right onto Dailly Rd B741 – continue along B741 to Dailly, take C30 to Old Dailly – take B734 to Girvan. Continue to Bridgemill Rbt Girvan

Northbound A77 at Bridgemill Rbt – take 2nd exit onto B734 – continue to Old Dailly – take C30 to Dailly then take B741 continue to Crosshill then take left onto B7023 to St Cuthbert’s Rd Maybole – turn right to rejoin A77 northbound.