£36 million green light for road schemes

Date: 
5 February 2013
A bumper package of investment worth £36.73million for south-west Scotland roads will hit the ground running when three major schemes get underway in the coming months.

A bumper package of investment worth £36.73million for south-west Scotland roads will hit the ground running when three major schemes get underway in the coming months.

Transport Scotland has announced today its intention to award the contracts for the A77 Symington to Bogend Toll Improvements, A75 Dunragit Bypass and the A75 Hardgrove Improvement schemes imminently.

Subject to the mandatory standstill period RJ McLeod (Contractor) Ltd will undertake the A77 scheme and A75 Dunragit Bypass, while work on the A75 Hardgrove scheme will be carried out by McLaughlin and Harvey Ltd.

Transport Minister Keith Brown said:

“This significant investment in lifeline routes in south-west Scotland worth in total over £36 million, will be welcome news in local communities, and underlines the Scottish Government’s commitment to improving these essential roads.

“The A75 and A77 are of strategic importance as they link to one of Scotland’s key ports at Cairnryan, and our focus is to ensure that all of the economic benefits are felt.  Making Scotland a more attractive option by ensuring strategic traffic like HGVs are better able to carry their goods to and from markets, and making travel to Scotland a more attractive option for leisure and tourism is central to why we are pressing ahead to improve connections on these routes.

“Once complete, the new road improvements will enhance journey time reliability and improve safety on the A75 and A77 while supporting local communities as they go about their business. I look forward to construction getting under way very soon so that road users can begin to feel the significant benefits the schemes will bring.”

Fact File

A77 Symington to Bogend Toll

  • The A77 Symington to Bogend Toll Improvement scheme, construction cost of £10.6m is designed to improve the safety of the A77 by removing conflicting vehicle movements to reduce the number and severity of accidents over a length of approximately 6km.
  • Subject to the mandatory standstill period Transport Scotland’s intention is to award the contract for Symington to contractor RJ McLeod (Contractors) Ltd.
  • The scheme involves the construction of grade separated junctions at Symington and Bogend Toll between Spittalhill Interchange and the roundabout at Dutch House, and the closure of the gaps in the central reservation for right turning vehicles.
  • The upgrade will benefit the local economy by providing for safer access to and from the A77, and takes cognisance of current planning strategies, potential development opportunities within the A77 corridor and the effects of any additional residential developments, planned adjacent to the scheme corridor.
  • Allows for the potential future upgrade to increase the speed limit from 50mph to 70mph on the A77 at this location.
  • Work is expected to start in the spring and completed summer 2014.

A75 Dunragit Bypass

  • The Dunragit Bypass with a construction cost of £17.13m, will improve journey times, operational performance and level of service on the A75, which forms part of the Euro-route for between Europe, Scotland and UK via the ferry terminals at Loch Ryan in Dumfries and GallowayImproves safety on the A75 by reducing driver frustration and the platooning of vehicles by increasing the number of guaranteed overtaking opportunities in both directions.
  • The safety needs of cyclist and pedestrians will be improved with a shared pedestrian/cycleway.
  • HGV traffic will be removed from the village which has a 40mph speed limit.
  • Subject to the mandatory standstill period Transport Scotland’s intention is to award the contract for the Dunragit Bypass to contractor RJ McLeod (Contractors) Ltd.
  • Work is expected to start in the spring and completed in 2014.

A75 Hardgrove

  • The A75 Hardgrove to Kinmount scheme with a construction cost of £9m will deliver a new 3.6km stretch providing overtaking facilities in both directions.
  • Upon completion, the scheme will benefit users by improving the performance and safety on the stretch of road, improve and increase the number of overtaking opportunities and cater better for the needs of cyclists and pedestrians.
  • Subject to the mandatory standstill period, Transport Scotland’s intention to is to award the contract to McLaughlin and Harvey Ltd.
  • Work is expected to start in the spring and completed in 2014.

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