Transport Ministers opens new A77 Bogend Toll Bridge to traffic

Another major milestone was reached on the A77 Symington and Bogend Toll Improvements scheme when Transport Minister Keith Brown opened Bogend Toll Bridge to road users for the first time.

Following hot on the heels of the new Symington Bridge opening to traffic last month, Bogend Toll Bridge will improve access at this junction by providing road users with safer access to and from the A77.

Other improvements that form part of the scheme include improvements to junctions and accesses, new footways and cycleways and the new Whitelees Link Road.

Speaking from the new bridge, Mr Brown, said:

“The A77 is one of Scotland’s key routes and the works here on the £10.6 million Symington and Bogend Toll Improvements scheme forms part of some £36.7 million to upgrade the A77 and A75 and improve access to our key ports.

“The new Bogend Toll and Symington bridges will allow road users to join and leave the A77 without having to cut across oncoming traffic, making the A77 much safer. Work has continued on the scheme with one eye on ensuring road users can feel the benefits as early as possible – this is why we have opened sections of the scheme incrementally to traffic.

“I look forward to seeing the full programme of works completed very soon, and am sure people across the region will welcome the newest addition to Scotland’s major road network.”

Notes to editors

Pictures of the Minister at the opening are available from Peter Devlin on mobile 07786-808989.

In order to complete the works, traffic management measures including lane closures will remain in place and are expected to be removed towards the end of April.

It is expected that there will be some traffic disruption. Drivers are advised to check Traffic Scotland for further information about these works and for real-time journey planning advice.

For more information, visit Transport Scotland

Published 1 Apr 2014 Tags