Tuesday, 17 February 2009
Ayrshire politicians press the case for Maybole bypass
THE Leader of South Ayrshire Council, Councillor Hugh Hunter has met with the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change, Stewart Stevenson MSP in Holyrood to discuss the urgent need for a bypass for Maybole.
In 2008 the Scottish Government’s Transport Projects document outlined a number of projects across Scotland to improve road infrastructure, but did not specifically identify the provision of a bypass for Maybole.
Speaking about the meeting, Councillor Hunter (pictured above) said: “It was a very constructive meeting with the Minister, and he gave me an opportunity to emphasise that it was a priority for the Council to secure a bypass for Maybole.
“There is an ever increasing amount of traffic, particularly large commercial vehicles, travelling through the town, as the A77 is the main arterial road route through Maybole. A change in the road system would significantly improve access to Girvan, Turnberry and the south, bringing economic benefits.
“Very importantly, it would increase road safety and improve the quality of lives of local people.”
Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change, Stewart Stevenson (pictured above) said: “The Scottish Government is committed to reducing congestion, improve journey times and protect the environment. We had a positive meeting, and I was delighted to hear at first hand the views of local people. I recently visited Maybole to see the issues associated with the bypass for myself.
“As a Government we will continue to work with South Ayrshire Council to look at ways to reduce the impacts of traffic on the A77, including the option of a Maybole bypass.”
Councillor Hunter added: “I appreciated the opportunity to discuss the matter with the Minister, and look forward to further meetings. The Council is committed to working with the Government to secure a bypass for Maybole.”
The meeting with the Minister was also attended by John Scott MSP, Adam Ingram MSP, Officers of the Council’s Transport Section and Transport Scotland Officials.
John Scott MSP (pictured above) said: “A bypass for Maybole is vital, not just for the town itself, where the current intolerable heavy traffic pressure has to be taken off the town centre, but also very important for southern Ayrshire as a whole where improved transport links to the south will help boost our economy and support local jobs.
“While it may be that a proposal for a bypass and for other safety improvements to the southern A77 are contained in the Strategic Transport Review, what is really needed is a firm timetable for action and for a solid commitment from the government to push this matter forward with the urgency it deserves.”
South Ayrshire Council
John Scott MSP
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