Bad weather causes more travel disruption in Carrick

Bad weather once again caused major disruption across Carrick as the festive season approached.

The major A77 trunk road route was shut between Ballantrae and Cairnryan from the early hours of Tuesday 23 December until well into during the day on Christmas Eve causing a festive travel nightmare for many.

A major landslip at Carlock Hill, south of Ballantrae cause over 150 tonnes of debris to spill onto the road meaning a significant clean up operation for the Scotland Tran Serv team.

The road closure of one of Ayrshire’s main coastal roads meant a huge diversion for motorists wishing to travel on the route.

Initially traffic was diverted onto the A714 Girvan-Newton Stewart road and then across the A75 to Stranraer.

However, motorists were faced with even longer journeys when the A714 had to be closed on Christmas Eve due to bad flooding at the Daljarrock area.

A 56 mile diversion was put in place for motorists wishing to travel to the ferryport at Cairnryan via the A713 road to Castle Douglas and via the A75 trunk road to Stranraer.

Bus services were also disrupted between Girvan and Stranraer due to the landslide with the 360 service being cancelled due to the road closure and only running as far as Girvan on Tuesday December 23 although Stagecoach did operate the 9.20pm service from Ayr to Stranraer via Newton Stewart for passengers.

Train services were also cancelled by Scotrail on Christmas Eve on the Stranraer- Ayr line giving no respite to people in Carrick who were looking to do some last minute Christmas shopping or get home to their families.

The latest travel disruption in the Carrick area follows November’s closure of the A77 routes following three major landslips early in the month.

Landslips occurred at Carlock Hill, on the A77 just north of the Cairnryan ferry terminal and at Marchburn close to the South Ayrshire border with Dumfries and Galloway.

That day saw similar diversions put in place as the A714 was also closed between Girvan and Newton Stewart due to the torrential flooding which also affected many housing schemes in Girvan.

Motorists were advised during the road closure to plan ahead for any journeys particularly those that required being at Cairnyran at a certain time.