Office of the First Minister
St. Andrew's House
16th May 2011
Dear Mr Salmond
On behalf of Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce & Industry, I
welcome your comments in the Ayrshire Post regarding the
necessity of progressing with the Maybole bypass.
There is a significant amount of collated evidence of
accidents which occur in Maybole involving both vehicles and
pedestrians; loss of income to local businesses as people
prefer to shop elsewhere; and the structural damage to
historical buildings. The local Community Council has been
very active in seeking support for the bypass and the
Chamber has been supportive of their actions.
As the bypass has cross party support and is also supported
by the local businesses it would seem appropriate that a
timetable be developed for construction to start.
Given there has been a significant saving on the cost of the
Forth Replacement Bridge project, we would ask that some of
this saving be allocated to the Maybole bypass which was
costed at £28-30 million some two years ago.
There is an estimated 30% increase in traffic expected on
this road when the new Cairnryan port is complete which
makes the project more acute and urgent.
Ayrshire Chamber welcomes your statement and looks forward
to a timetable for implementation.
Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce
Partners for Business:
Chemring Energetics UK Ltd., Clydesdale Bank plc,
Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors, Lighthouse IT &
Network Services, Halo Communications,
MacKay Corporate Insurance Brokers, NHS Ayrshire &
Arran, Ocean Agency, Vattenfall,
William Duncan & Co. Chartered Accountants