Maybole Bypass Facelift

Following comments received earlier this year after a public consultation, a full 1km section of the Maybole Bypass is now to be constructed below ground level as it passes the north of the South Ayrshire town.

The enhancements will help screen the bypass from nearby homes. In addition the northern section of the new road will be slightly realigned to reduce the impact of the route on farmers’ fields.

Proposed design plans for the long-awaited A77 Maybole Bypass following the recent publication of the scheme’s draft Road Orders, are on public view today at the town’s Carrick Centre.

Transport Minister, Keith Brown said:

“The Scottish Government is committed to enhancing connections across Ayrshire and beyond, particularly to and from the Loch Ryan ports, to help support sustainable economic growth.

“Constructing a bypass at Maybole will help separate local traffic from traffic travelling further afield, including to the ports. This will lead to improved road safety for local communities and road users alike and provide better journey time reliability for motorists and businesses along the full length of the A77.

“Allied with these important benefits, I am only too aware of the impacts of constructing a road near a rural community such as Maybole. That is why we engage with communities as we develop our plans. The enhancements we have made to the scheme follow comments we received earlier this year on the preferred route.

“We have listened to local people and these changes will ensure that we can balance the needs of preserving Ayrshires natural scenery with the many tangible benefits that the bypass will bring.

“I would encourage anyone with an interest to visit the exhibition and offer their comments on the plans for the bypass which will bring lasting benefits for South Ayrshire and Scotland as a whole.”

Notes to editors

Details of the public exhibition: Friday 13 December 2013 – 12 noon-7.30 pm The Carrick Centre, Culzean Road, Maybole KA19 7DW.

Any comments on the draft Road Orders and Environmental Statement should be sent to the following address by 31 January 2014: Director of Major Transport Infrastructure Projects, Transport Scotland, Design Team 1, 7th Floor North, Buchanan House, 58 Port Dundas Road, Glasgow G4 0HF

Details of the scheme including the draft Orders and Environmental Statement can be found on the Transport Scotland website

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Published 13 Dec 2013