2 July 2010

A77 overtaking scheme progresses

A scheme to widen the A77 carriageway between Parkend and Bennane has moved forward with the issue of tenders.

The multi-million pound scheme will see construction of nearly two miles of widening works, allowing for dedicated overtaking opportunities in either direction. The scheme will enhance this vital route between the central belt and Stranraer and Cairnryan ferry ports by improving traffic flow, reducing journey times and ferry travel related convoys.

Stewart Stevenson, Transport Minister said:

“I am pleased to see this important A77 scheme progressing quickly with the issue of the tenders.

“This scheme is part of £60 million of planned investments along both the A77 and A75 and complements £29 million of investment already undertaken on these key tourist and business routes.

“It is vital that our visitors, both commercial and tourists, see that Scotland is open for business. Better access to and from our ports at Stranraer and Cairnryan will bring significant benefits, ensuring long term sustainable economic growth across south west Scotland and beyond.”

The tender process is expected to be completed by autumn 2010 and it is anticipated work can start on site soon after for an expected opening in spring 2011.

The 86 mile long A77 is a main link for south west communities and businesses, and this section of the route carries up to 3000 vehicles a day.

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