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Five Million Pounds Investment into A8/A78

On behalf of Transport Scotland, Scotland TranServ will this autumn deliver a £1million investment into resurfacing the A8 and A78 trunk roads.

This investment is in addition to the £3.6million already invested during 2018 and 19 to resurface the carriageway from Largs to Langbank. A further £827k of network maintenance and bridges improvements is already being planned into 2020.

Alan Murray, Scotland TranServ’s Principal Roads Design Engineer said:

“Across Inverclyde and North Ayrshire, as part of Transport Scotland’s strategic trunk road management programme, Scotland TranServ has delivered more than £3.6million of investment into resurfacing the A8 and A78 trunk roads, with a further million pounds in the immediate pipeline.

“Our road design engineers work in consultation with the local authorities, emergency services and key stakeholders to carefully schedule our programme of work for minimal impact on communities and businesses across the region. We also widely promote our forthcoming projects across local media and on social media, to advise drivers of potential disruption.”

The £1million of projects already planned for the A8 and A78 include:

Resurfacing of A78 Eglinton Terrace to Skelmorlie Castle Road

Phase 1 resurfacing of the A78 through Fairlie, and

Resurfacing of the A8 Eastbound between Layby and Langbank Rail Overbridge

Brian Laurie, Scotland TranServ’s Network Bridges Manager added:

“It’s been a very busy period for our teams working in Inverclyde and North Ayrshire. Improvements continue across the region as we coordinate works with utility companies and the local authority, while avoiding major local events where possible. Much of our work goes unseen, with no visible result, however the outcome prolongs the maintainable lifetime of our structures, reducing the long-term impact on drivers.”

The half million pounds of investment being carried out in the area includes:

Improvements to the pedestrian guardrail at Barrs Cottage

Access improvements at Seamill

Access improvements at Chrisswell, and

Ongoing investigation works at Oak Mall in Greenock

Ongoing investment to improve the look and feel of the network has already been planned, with more than a quarter of a million pounds being invested in new road markings, signage and drainage improvements, as well as a number of trunk road resurfacing schemes.

Planned resurfacing schemes for the area include:

A8 Westbound approach to Newark Roundabout

A8 Pottery Street to Bogston

A8 Westbound approach to Bullring Roundabout, and

A78 Southbound Spango Valley resurfacing

Paul Lynch, Scotland TranServ’s Network Manager concluded:

“Across Inverclyde and North Ayrshire, Scotland TranServ is delivering an important programme of work to improve the region’s trunk road infrastructure on behalf of Transport Scotland, supporting the economic growth and development of local communities.

“Where possible, it is Scotland TranServ’s aim to deliver these tangible, long-term benefits to commuters, businesses and tourists visiting our area, with maximum efficiency and minimal disruption throughout. Our teams coordinate works in consultation with a number of authorities and stakeholders, always balancing the need to maintain our trunk roads with the necessity to keep South West Scotland moving.”


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