A77 roadworks to go ahead

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Roadworks on the A77 which were postponed to allow a community fireworks display to go ahead will now start on Friday, November 25.

Transerve Scotland had planned the roadworks at Ardwell, south of Girvan, for the weekend of November 4 but Ballantrae Community Association said it faced ‘stark financial loss’ if the planned closures on the A77 went ahead. The association was hosting a fireworks event on November 5 with a Supper Dance.

Association chairman Sharon Robertson said that the group had written to Transerve pointing out that it had already laid the money out for which it had fundraised for all year for the fireworks, the band and food and drink. The association had also heard from people from Girvan who said they would not come if they had to travel the sub standard B road diversion.

The roadworks starting on November 25 will see resurfacing of the route between Girvan and Ballantrae.

Scotland Transerve say that to protect the safety of motorists and road users alike, a full closure is required to be in place with signed local diversions in operation throughout the works.

Operatives will work around the clock from 8pm on Friday 25 November to 6am on Monday 28 November to ensure the works are completed in the shortest time possible, reducing disruption to road users.

Scotland TranServ’s operating company representative, Andy Fraser said: “We have listened to feedback from the local community regarding the timing of the works, however this essential work must be carried out to ensure the longevity of the road surface on this route. We have made every effort to programme these works over the shortest period of time however motorists particularly those use the ferry ports should plan their journeys accordingly.”

Diversion; Southbound traffic follow A77 Girvan onto the A714 to Newton Stewart, then the A75 to Stranraer, onto A751 towards A77 at Innermessan, then back along the A77 to Ardwell. Northbound follow the southbound route in reverse.