LESS than two weeks after Maybole’s prospective bypass plans were revealed to the public for the first time the project has been driven forward further with a contractor’s appointment.
WYG Environment Planning Transport Ltd has been selected by Transport Scotland to undertake the ground investigations, which it says which will provide vital technical information.
The work will begin this month and is expected to have been completed by the end of April 2013.
Maybole Community Council Chair Mark Fletcher said: “We are all very pleased with the progress of the work that has already taken place and the fact that this next stage is happening so quickly is great news.
“The Transport Minister has been true to his word and after meeting with us a little over a year ago, the progress thus far is amazing and our thanks go out to him.”
He added that the bypass would act as a catalyst for further developments in the town, including High Street regeneration and boosting tourism.
“We know Maybole and Carrick, with all it’s history and abundance of natural beauty, are places worth visiting and the bypass will enable these projects to move forward for Maybole,” he said.
Transport Minister Keith Brown said last month’s public exhibition of the bypass plans reinforced the desire locally for the project to be progressed as soon as possible.
“The Scottish Government is committed to delivering road schemes that help ease daily burdens for communities like Maybole, while speeding up journeys for road users,” he said.
“Constructing a bypass at Maybole will help separate local traffic from vehicles travelling further afield, including to and from the Loch Ryan ports.
“This will lead to improved road safety for local communities and road users alike and provide better journey time reliability for motorists and businesses along the full length of the A77.”
The vast majority of ground investigation work will take place off the road, however some work is required on the existing A77.
Transport Scotland representatives confirm the contractor will ensure traffic management is deployed and will endeavour to keep this to an absolute minimum as the preparatory work progresses.