Roadworks misery

HIGHWAYS agency, Amey, has been attacked by business owners in Girvan for its decision to schedule major improvement during school holidays.

Girvan Community Council heard complaints last week from business owners about a lack of trade during the October holiday, which they blamed solely on the resurfacing works at the south end of the town and the diversions put in place.

Traffic travelling both north and south along the A77 was directed onto the Coalpots Road away from the town centre and businesses who rely on passing trade.

Council chair Alec Clark said: “There were businesses who were affected with a loss of trade during these roadworks. Many rely on passing trade, but traffic was redirected away from the town.”

It was argued that when the schools are on holiday efforts should be made attract holidaymakers into the town but scheduling work for this time was causing more harm than good.

Amey, in consultation with Transport Scotland, local police and South Ayrshire Council, carefully planned these works to coincide with the schools October holiday - not only is traffic in the area much lighter but the diversion route implemented during week one of the works passed by Girvan Academy and a decision was taken that diverting heavy goods traffic past the school during term time raised serious health and safety issues.

A spokesperson for Amey said: “We understand that road works can be frustrating to local residents and businesses as well as to road users. Amey liaised closely with key stakeholders in the run up to these works to help make sure more than £100,000 worth of improvements were delivered with minimum disruption.”

“We regret any inconvenience caused by these vital works however I hope regular road users will appreciate the long term benefits this short term disruption will bring.”

“We encourage motorists to leave extra time for their journey.”