A Carrick councillor has raised concerns about HGVs using unsuitable roads as a diversion during roadworks on the A77 this weekend.
Councillor Alec Clark has written to Transerv Scotland saying the road network around Carrick’s villages is not built to handle the large number of HGVs which will be using it during the closure of the A77 at Littlehill.
Mr Clark said: “While I of course welcome the investment in the A77, the plan to divert the traffic flow and close the trunk route raises serious concerns.
“The local roads network around Maybole, Dailly, Barr and Girvan is not up to the reasonable standard necessary to handle the volume of traffic including HGVs that will be generated by the closure of the A77.
“The surface and width of some parts of the local network are in a serious condition that could have the potential to cause serious accidents because of the unsuitability of the roads and the lack of driver knowledge. Road issues are the number one priority at many community council meetings.
“Surely it would be feasible to carry out the proposed road improvements with traffic light controls.
“This would also have the added bonus of keeping the town of Girvan open for business plus making access to Turnberry, Maidens and Kirkoswald where many folk have employment, possible.”
Andy Fraser, operating company representative Scotland TranServ, said: “This essential maintenance scheme will ensure that the A77 remains in good condition for local residents and over 7,800 road users who use this route each day. To ensure minimal disruption work has been programmed over the shortest period of time possible however I would urge road users to leave plenty of time for their journeys.”
There will be a full closure of the A77 from 8pm on Friday 13 May until 6am on Monday 16 May and from 8pm on 20 May until 6am on 23 May.
r See page 2