The A737, after becoming became a trunk road in 1995, became the responsibility of the then Scottish Office Development Department who subsequently commissioned North Ayrshire Council to design improvements at four strategic locations in the vicinity of Beith:
- Roebank Road
- Beith Bypass Carriageway Renewal
- Barrmill Road Roundabout
- Head Street/ Wardrop Street Roundabout.
The Roebank Street scheme was constructed in 2002, while the design development for the three remaining schemes was progressed independently.
Designs for the Beith Bypass Carriageway Renewal scheme and the Barrmill Road Roundabout scheme were produced by Amey (on behalf of Transport Scotland), while North Ayrshire Council were responsible for the design of the Head Street/ Wardrop Street Roundabout scheme.
Transport Scotland took the opportunity to group the three schemes together to identify the best strategic solution to address all of the identified issues. Amey were commissioned as our design consultant in August 2013, and they were asked to identify a preferred option for improving the road network in the area which would encompass the previous three schemes.
The preferred option was subsequently identified in March 2015. A public exhibition was held at that time to inform the public of our findings.
Draft Orders for the scheme were published on 2 November 2016, with representations to the scheme proposals submitted by 4 January 2017.
This scheme will improve traffic flow on the road, replace existing sub-standard junctions and introduce road safety benefits by reducing queuing.
Details are available from the programme document.
Impact on travel
Temporary traffic management measures are expected to be in place for the duration of the works.
The travelling public should expect some disruption to their travel times during construction.
An environmental and geotechnical review to assess the impact of the scheme on the surrounding environment will be conducted.
Route Option Public Exhibition
We held a public exhibition to present the preferred route option on Friday 27 March 2015 at the Beith Community Centre, Kings Road, Beith, Ayrshire, KA15 2BQ.
Draft road orders and accompanying Environmental Statement were published on Wednesday 2 November 2016:
Draft Orders Public Exhibition
A further public exhibition following publication of the draft Order Material was held on 11 November 2016 at the Beith Community Centre, Kings Road, Beith, Ayrshire, KA15 2BQ.
Representatives from Transport Scotland and our Consulting Engineers, Amey, were in attendance at both exhibitions to answer questions and receive comments.
What happens next
The objection period ended on 4 January 2017, with responses to the Representations to the scheme proposals currently being considered.