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Roads investment becomes a reality

 24 March 2015  |  

Councillor John McDowall

Councillor John McDowall

The biggest investment in South Ayrshire Council's roads network in more than a decade is set to become a reality for local people and communities, with the priorities for the 2015/16 South Ayrshire Roads Improvement Plan now agreed.

More than £3 million will be invested in South Ayrshire roads during 2015/16 – including £1.5 million of the £10 million capital investment programme approved by Councillors for the next five years as well as £1.3 million revenue funding.

The programme of works will focus on resurfacing, carriageway patching, footway works, drainage, pothole repairs, ditch clearing, gully clearing, clearing carriageway flooding, hedge pruning, verge maintenance and winter treatment.

It will also include timber transport route improvements, supported by funding from the Scottish Timber Transport Group of £242,000, taking the total investment to £3.042 million.

Works will be prioritised in line with the agreed ranking system which takes into account road condition, safety issues, traffic volumes, stakeholder feedback and costs.

The works are expected to be completed before the winter, subject to the completion of the required consultations.

Councillor John McDowall, Portfolio Holder for Sustainability and the Environment, said: "While the overall condition of our roads network has improved over the past five years, we know roads are a big issue for our communities and need significant investment.

"That's exactly what we're now doing and, in the next year, this investment will make a difference for communities all the way from Dundonald to Dailly – and many more places in between. We want our communities to see just how serious we are about addressing our problem roads and the 2015/16 programme is a great start.

"We'll be updating the Roads Improvement Plan each year, in line with the ranking system, consulting local community councils on the proposals for their area, and working through the Ayrshire Roads Alliance to make a visible and lasting difference for everyone travelling on our roads."

The full list of projects included in the Roads Improvement Plan 2015/16 is available here.

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