The case for
a Maybole Bypass has been well made and in 2012 Amey was
commissioned by Transport Scotland to progress it. In January,
2013, a public information exhibition was held in the town to
give people the chance to comment on the preferred option for
the scheme. Last Friday, December 13, another exhibition was
held in the Carrick Centre to show the progress made.
congested partly as a result of the large numbers of cars and
heavy goods vehicles using the A77 traveling to and from the
port facilities at Cairnryan, resulting in poor conditions for
pedestrians and road users alike. A further constraint exists to
the north of the town, where the A77 passes beneath the Glasgow
to Stranraer Railway line through the Smithston Railway Bridge
which has restricted height clearance.
bypass consists of 5.2km of new single carriageway to the
north-west of Maybole; new roundabouts at the tie-ins to the
existing A77 at Broomknowes and Smithston; a new roundabout at
B7023 Culzean Road; three principal structures at Gardenrose
Path overbridge, Kirklandhill Path overbridge, B7024 Alloway
Road underbridge; a northbound climbing lane from the south
roundabout, though the B7023 Culzean Road roundabout; a
southbound climbing lane commencing north of Alloway Road; and a
southbound climbing lane from the north roundabout.
land and properties will be maintained or an alternative route
will be provided; there will be a farm underpass at the southern
tie-in and there will be no demolition of buildings other than
the derelict Kirklandhill Cottage.
will be mainly off line from the existing trunk road and
affected side roads. The new bypass is predicted to reduce
traffic on Maybole High Street by approximately 50% with the
number of HGVs reducing by approximately 90%. Once construction
of the bypass gets underway, the works are expected to take up
to 18 months to complete.
of the draft Orders, and subsequently, the Made Orders, will
provide Scottish Ministers with the statutory powers to proceed
with construction of the bypass, subject to funds being
available. However, if objections are received, and depending on
their nature and number, a Public Local Inquiry into the draft
Orders may be held before an Independent Reporter appointed by
Scottish Ministers. Should this be required it would delay the
date at which the statutory orders for the scheme are confirmed.
If a Public
Local Inquiry is held, then everyone who has supported, objected
to, or made other representations about the draft Orders will be
informed as to the date and venue. Peter Mason, former chairman
of the local Bypass Committee, said after the exhibition, “Over
the past 15 years I have attended Bypass exhibitions and
meetings in Maybole, Ayr and at the Scottish Parliament. This
latest display was the most successfully and informative yet.
new technology at its best. There was a TV screen showing the
Bypass in all its glory, it was like a drive along the new route
of the Bypass, it appeared as if you were sitting in a car
driving the route, it showed all of the roundabouts,
underpasses, and overtaking lanes. “It showed all of the
embankments where they had designed the route of the Bypass to
cut down on noise from the new road and also the view of the
Bypass from Maybole where possible.
great to see we have progressed so quickly and I asked when we
could see work starting on the Bypass to be told that work could
start in the summer of 2015 and be completed two years later all
being well and the funding being in place. “I also spoke to Adam
Ingram MSP who told me that the Scottish Government have already
saved £20 million on the new Forth crossing and Adam assured me
that he was working hard to ensure that funding was in place for
the Bypass to start quickly.
start now on what the people of Maybole would like to see to
happen to Maybole High Street, and also what we would like to
see on the brown tourism signage at the entrances to the town to
encourage tourists to leave the Bypass and spend some time and
money in the town, because at the moment no one stops in the
town because of the volume of traffic.”
Fletcher, chairman of Maybole Community Council said, “We were
very pleased to see the progress with the proposed bypass and to
also be given the opportunity to speak with Transport Scotland
and Amey again. “The video visual display of the route was very
helpful in showing all aspects of the proposals. It was good to
hear that if all goes well we could be looking at a start date
of 2015, so we will keep our fingers crossed.
aware that this will make some very major changes to Maybole and
none more than the difference to the High Street. “Imagine a
street with wider footpaths with possibly one way traffic
control and no more HGVs which have been damaging our buildings
and killing our High Street for decades.
“A town with
more parking and sign posting from the bypass letting people
know that they can stop here. Maybole Community Council is
already in discussion with South Ayrshire Council and all
relevant partners regarding the future of the town and we have
started up a town regeneration committee. “Perhaps people would
like to join the community council or simply join a forum
electronically to discuss the future of the town. This is an
exciting time and our community should be driving the changes
and getting what we want, rather than being told what we want.
Everyone can make a difference so please get in touch.”