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Roadworks A70 at Killoch near Ochiltree

The Ayrshire Roads Alliance, as part of its ongoing programme to improve the condition of the road network, will be carrying out essential resurfacing works on the A70 at Killoch near Ochiltree.

The works, which will take place on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 October and Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 October, will include regulating the existing road surface, laying a new surface course and renewing the associated road markings and road studs.

The works will take place on the road adjacent to Killoch Depots from, and including, the U717 Creoch Road junction to, but not including, the U74 Bardarroch Road junction.

To protect the workforce and the travelling public, the affected section of road will have to be closed for the duration of the works.

On Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 October, the affected length of the A70 will be closed between 7am and 7pm on both days, when signed accordingly.

On Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 October the affected length of the A70 will be closed between 7am on Saturday 8 October and 4am on Monday 10 October 2016, when signed accordingly.

The alternative route will be via A70, to B730 Drongan, to B7046 Sinclairston, to U728 Glenconner, before rejoining the A70 at Mote Toll and vice versa.

These works are weather dependant and may be delayed at times due to adverse weather conditions, work will continue on the next available day.

Please allow sufficient time when planning your journey on these dates. Advisory signs will be erected in advance of the works to alert the travelling public.

The Ayrshire Roads Alliance apologises for any inconvenience caused during these essential road works.

New Cumnock flood prevention plans

Detailed plans for New Cumnock’s flood prevention scheme were on display recently at a public meeting held for local residents.

Over 40 members of the community attended the meeting which was led by the Ayrshire Roads Alliance in partnership with top consultants RPS.

Officers from the Alliance and engineers from RPS were on hand to talk through the detailed drawings that were on display for the Leggate and the Afton Water projects and answer any questions that the community had about the work.

In addition to the plans for the two schemes there were also aerials maps on display which showed how the area would be protected from flooding following the work.

Stewart Turner, Head of Roads: Ayrshire Roads Alliance said: “This event was an opportunity for local people who reside in this area to view plans for the flood prevention schemes and have any questions they had answered.

“New Cumnock and the Leggate were both shown on aerial maps so it was a good opportunity for people to pick out their house and see how it will be protected in the future.

“The work consists of embankments being constructed on either side of the burn and where it is too narrow enforced concrete walls will be built. The scheme will take water and train it down the Afton Water, until it meets the River Nith, effectively channelling any flood water away from communities.”

The scheme will be delivered in two parts. New Cumnock is a much bigger scheme and will cost about £2.5m, while the Leggate will cost in the region of £400,000.

The planning process for both flood prevention schemes is underway and the schemes will be advertised for a six week period. Once the planning process is completed work will start on site at the Leggate in November.

Councillor Eòghann MacColl, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, attended the public meeting. He said: “This meeting was extremely beneficial. It gave local people the opportunity to view plans for the schemes and, most importantly, to view how their own property will be protected in the future.

“All the people I spoke to were positive about the plans and understand the processes that we have to go through before work can start on site. We have had a great deal of support from the local community. Understandably they want to see work starting as soon as possible, and this is our aim, to get the work underway and to protect homes in the area.”

Praise for commuters during Moorfield works

Major improvement works are now complete at Moorfield roundabout and the Ayrshire Roads Alliance wishes to thank commuters for their patience.

The works, which cost over £450,000, were extensive and included lane reconstruction, the realignment of approach islands, replacement carriageway surfaces, resetting ironwork, replacing street lights, traffic signs, road markings and road studs.

The project also included the installation of a footpath adjacent to the B7064 carriageway linking Irvine Road to Dundonald Road, Kilmarnock.

Stewart Turner, Head of Roads: Ayrshire Roads Alliance said: “This was a major improvement programme on a road that is a main artery within Ayrshire. Thousands of people use this road every day so it is essential that it is maintained to a very high standard.

“Major improvement works are disruptive, there is just no getting away from that, and it takes a great deal of planning to ensure that our local communities and commuters are kept mobile while works are ongoing.

“I would like to thank the travelling public for their co operation and understanding throughout.”

The work was carried out by the main contractor, Finco Contracts Limited, Beith.

Major road works planned for Moorfield roundabout

The Ayrshire Roads Alliance, as part of its ongoing programme to improve the condition of the road network, will be carrying out major road resurfacing works on the A71 Moorfield Roundabout in Kilmarnock.

The works, which will start on Monday 25 July, will take place over a four week period and will be carried out on the A71, the roundabout surface and the B7046 road.

This project, which is weather dependent, will involve lane reconstruction, realignment of the approach islands, replacement of the road surfaces, re-setting ironwork and renewing the associated road markings and road studs.

To ensure the safety of roads operatives and the travelling public the resurfacing will be carried out in phases therefore the diversions and Traffic Management will change during the construction period.

From Monday 1st August the contract phase moves to the next stage with a new traffic management system from Sunday 31st July

Half the roundabout will be closed and a contraflow system will be in force.

There will be no access to and from B7081 Irvine Road to the A71 Carriageway at Moorfield Roundabout where a road closure with appropriate diversion signage shall be in place.

The footpath within the work site will also be closed to pedestrian for the duration of works.

Access to the A759 from Dundonald Road in Kilmarnock will remain open throughout the works.

Contraflow 12-08-16 Moorfield Diversion 12-18-16 Moorfield


Delays are to be expected and the Ayrshire Roads Alliance apologises for any inconvenience caused during these essential road works.

Pupils have pedal power

Straiton Bike Ride - Maidens - June 2016 Doonfoot Primary

Maidens Primary Barassie

Come rain or shine, pupils from South Ayrshire schools got on their bikes for National Bike Week.

During the week, Primary 6 pupils completed their Bikeability Level 2 training in partnership with the Ayrshire Roads Alliance’s Road Safety team and celebrated with a special cycle.

Barassie Primary cycled from the school to Fullarton Woods in Troon;

St Ninians in Prestwick cycled from the school to Fullarton Woods;

Maidens Primary cycled to Culzean Castle and Country Park, took part in an archaeological dig then cycled back to the school

Doonfoot Primary undertook a seven mile cycle from the school to Low Green playpark in Ayr to Belleisle Estate where they had lunch, then cycled on to Burns Museum and back to the school.

At Straiton Primary all pupils joined a cycle from Maidens Beach to Culzean Castle and Country Park.

The school, which won the UK Big Pedal one day challenge back in April, transported their bikes to the beach then safely cycled to the park in beautiful sunshine.

Next week Fisherton Primary will be cycling from Maidens to Culzean Castle and Country Park while Holmston and Dalmilling Primary Schools will be cycling to Auchincruive.

Virgin Media Works, Ayrshire


Virgin Media are currently installing their network throughout Ayrshire building on and extending the old Smallworld network which will provide residents and businesses a better and faster broadband service and will support the economic growth of the area.

The work is expected to last until early 2017 and Ayrshire Roads Alliance are working closely with Virgin Media to ensure disruption are kept to an absolute minimum. We meet with Virgin Media regularly and ensure they are keeping residents updated on progress.

This is a very large project and involves laying miles of new cable and installing infrastructure such as cabinets and boxes, and extensive traffic management will be in operation during the work. Planning officers are working closely with Virgin Media to ensure planning conditions are met in Conservation areas.

Virgin Media has appointed delivery engineers and Liaison staff who are on site during the work’s and are available for any queries regarding this work, should you require any further information please contact Virgin Media on their 24 hour Helpline telephone numbers below.

0800 519 6929 Freephone
0870 888 3116 (option 3) 9p per minute from a landline and 45p per minute from a mobile

Virgin Media thanks the people of Ayrshire for letting us come to the area and install our network this has been mainly down to the number of people asking for our services and via cablemystreet.virginmedia.com

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