Minister to visit Maybole

Transport Minister Keith Brown will visit Maybole later in the summer to see the problems on the A77 for himself.

Mr Brown will visit Maybole in August to meet local campaigners and see for himself just why the town desparetely needs a bypass.

The latest development continues a welcome run of support from the SNP Government after Mr Salmond gave his backing last week.

Carrick MSP Adam Ingram hopes these latest developments mean a bypass is not too far away for Maybole.

He said: “I am delighted that the Transport Minister has accepted the invitation. The visit will give him a chance to see for himself just how vital a bypass is for the local area.

“The First Minister has already indicated that acquiring borrowing powers from Westminster could provide a potential solution to the current problem. However, a review of the priority status of the bypass project is now essential with traffic flows on the A77 set to increase by up to 30 per cent as a consequence of the new Irish Ferry services becoming operational this year. I am hopeful that we can persuade the minister to look again at the case for a bypass for Maybole and utilise any extra borrowing powers which may arise from negotiations with Westminster.”

At a recent meeting Mr Ingram also became an associate member of the Bypass Committee.

Chairman Peter Mason said: “Adam came up with a few suggestions to try and raise the profile of the bypass. He also told us that he would do whatever possible to bring the need for a Maybole bypass to the attention of ministers.”