Community could lose funds over A77 work

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A community association says it faces a stark financial loss if planned closures on the A77 go ahead.

Ballantrae Community Association has written to Transerv after roadworks at Ardwell were re-scheduled for the weekend of November 4.

However the association is hosting a fireworks event on November 5 with a Supper Dance to follow.

Chairman Sharon Robertson said: “We have already laid the money out for which we have fundraised for all year for the fireworks, the band and food and drink. Already I have had people from Girvan contact me to say they will not come if they have to travel the sub standard B road diversion.”

Transerv say the works were re-scheduled for ‘operational reasons’.

Mrs Robertson continued: “I have suggested to Transerv they do thing the “old fashioned and sensible way” of traffic lights and contra flows. Isn’t that how things used to be done?

“This would surely be safer for the volume of ferry traffic we have using the road every day. I think we all appreciate how bad the roads need to be repaired but we have endured many closures over the last couple of years with not much improvement seen, and I think we have been reasonably patient.”

Transerv say to protect the safety of motorists and road users alike, a full closure is required to be in place with a signed local diversions in operation throughout the works. The works will be carried out at the following locations: A77 Minnybae – 24 hour working from 8.00pm on Friday 28 October until 6.00am on Monday 31 October; A77 Ardwell – 24 hour working from 8.00pm on Friday 4 November until 6.00am on Monday 7 November.

Scotland TranServ’s operating company representative, Andy Fraser said: “This significant investment will ensure that the A77 is maintained to a good standard and can withstand the impact of the 4,000 vehicles which travel on this route each day.

“We have made every effort to programme these works over the shortest period of time, therefore reducing disruption to road users; however motorists particularly those use the ferry ports should plan their journeys accordingly.”

Road users can access real time traffic information by visiting Traffic Scotland’s website or following @TrafficScotland on Twitter.

Diversion - A77 Ardwell

Southbound traffic should follow the A77 Girvan onto the A714 to Newton Stewart, then follow the A75 to Stranraer, onto A751 towards A77 at Innermessan, then back along the A77 to Ardwell.

Northbound traffic should follow the southbound route in reverse.

Diversion - A77 Minnybae

Southbound traffic should follow the A77 Maybole onto the B7023 at Crosshill, the B741 to Dailly then on the B734 back onto the A77 at Girvan.

Northbound traffic should follow the A77 onto A719 at Turnberry along A719 to Ayr back onto the A77 at Whiltletts Roundabout.