Work to remove the bi-directional cycle lane on Holmston Road in Ayr will get underway later this month, after South Ayrshire Council agreed to restore the carriageway to its original condition.
The decision was taken on Thursday 6 October and the Council immediately instructed Ayrshire Roads Alliance (ARA) – the roads service shared with East Ayrshire Council – to progress the works as soon as possible.
ARA has now confirmed a start date of Monday 24 October, in line with the notice period required for the Road Works Register.
The works are expected to take around three weeks to complete – subject to weather conditions – and traffic management measures will be in place throughout to help ensure the safety of all road users.
The work will be carried out on a phased basis, starting with the removal of the rubber edging kerbs and bollards, and moving on to the extended bus bays.
The final stage will be to lift the blue surfacing and remove the lining, before reinstating road markings to their original position.
Lesley Bloomer, South Ayrshire Council's Executive Director – Economy, Neighbourhood and Environment, said: "We're working with ARA to ensure the decision taken by Council is implemented as soon as possible and we thank the local community for their patience and co-operation while we do this.
"This Council remains very much committed to promoting cycling and sustainable travel. However, there is no doubt there are some very clear lessons to be taken away from this project for everyone involved – for example, consideration of when specific details of proposed projects should be shared with local elected representatives and communities.
"That's the heart of the issue here as there has been broad support for the overall cycling project.
"To help ensure this doesn't happen again and as approved by elected members, we will be reviewing the existing arrangements in conjunction with East Ayrshire Council and presenting recommendations to Councillors in due course."