Delivering a shared Council roads and transportation service across East and South Ayrshire
B741 Closure

The Ayrshire Roads Alliance as part of its ongoing programme to improve the condition of the road network will be carrying out essential road resurfacing works on the B741, commencing on Mon 13th February 2017, for up to 10 working days.

To carry out these works safely and efficiently and to protect the roads operatives and the travelling public we will require to close the affected section which is from the new Sub Station Access Road near Beoch to Dalmellington, approximately 4km.
The B741 will be closed Monday to Friday 7am until 6pm. The road will re-open each night and at weekends.

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 journeys 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.

Frequently Asked Questions – Winter Gritting

How do I request a new grit bin?

There are several ways to request a new grit bin

Download a Grit Bin Policy and Request form

Call the Ayrshire Roads Alliance

01563 503160 during working hours

0845 7240000 out of hours

Where is the nearest grit bin?

You can find details of your nearest grit bin here.

How do I request that a grit bin is refilled?

Call the Ayrshire Roads Alliance

01563 503160 during working hours

08457 240 000 out of hours

Can I provide assistance within my Local Area?

Yes!! The Ayrshire Roads Alliance (ARA) actively promote winter resilience, working with local groups throughout East and South Ayrshire, and on request can provide winter equipment, training and personal protective equipment (PPE) to any interested groups who are willing to grit local footways and path access when ARA resources are not available.

Should you wish to make such arrangements please contact ARA by calling 01563 503160 during working hours or 0845 7240000 out of hours

Which roads do the Ayrshire Roads Alliance grit?

The Ayrshire Roads Alliance undertake gritting on its main road network and other important roads.

Generally routes are planned based on the following criteria: –

  • “A” and “B” class roads.
  • Accessibility network whereby at least one road to each settlement is treated.
  • In urban areas district distributer roads providing for major traffic movements within towns and districts.
  • Local distributer roads providing for traffic movements into and out of towns, and linking residential and commercial districts.
  • Access routes to Hospitals and vehicular access to Schools.
  • Roads with steep gradients that fall towards main roads in residential areas (as far as practical)

What about the other roads?

If there is an extended period of sub-zero temperatures or a significant snowfall, other roads will be considered for treatment on a needs basis based.

Who is responsible for gritting private roads and car parks?

  • Private roads – the owners of the road
  • Private car parks – owner/operator of the car park
  • Doctors Surgeries – the local practice
  • Hospitals – NHS Ayrshire

Why does the Council not salt all the roads and footpaths?

The Ayrshire Roads Alliance is responsible for over 2461 km of carriageway and over 1971 km of footway/footpath.

We do not have the manpower or financial resources to treat this level of asset in our Winter Plan.

The extent of our gritting of precautionary carriageway network is typical of the level of service provided by other authorities.

How often are roads gritted?

All roads covered in our precautionary gritting routes are gritted upon receipt of a weather forecast indicating the onset of frost, ice or snow provided the forecast is issued sufficiently early.

This is usually carried out prior to the onset of adverse weather conditions.

Who decides whether the roads are gritted?

The Ayrshire Roads Alliance use a weather forecasting service and decides to grit the network based on the forecast received.

The decision to grit the road is taken by the Winter Controller who is on standby 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Where can I get salt?

If you’re in East Ayrshire small quantities of salt for use on the adopted road and footways adjacent to your property can be collected from grit bins located in your local area.

Residents within South Ayrshire can request small quantities (1 bag) which are available from the Roads Depots at Meadowhead, Coylton and Grangestone, Girvan.

Do you supply bags?

Unfortunately we cannot provide bags, you would require to bring a suitable container and a shovel to lift it.

Within South Ayrshire one bag of salt is provided per resident.

Do you deliver salt?

No, unfortunately we don’t have the facility to deliver salt.

What do I do if my vehicle has been damaged by a gritter?

If your vehicle has been damaged by a gritter call the Ayrshire Roads Alliance on 01563 503160 during working hours to request a claims form.

Who do I contact if there is a burst water main?

If there is a burst water main contact Scottish Water on 08456 018 855


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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    20/02/2017, 21/02/2017, 22/02/2017, 23/02/2017, 24/02/2017 (a road closure)
  • From the new Sub Station Access Road near Beoch to the outskirts of Dalmellington approx. 4km
    B741 / Between New Cumnock & Dalmellington , Road Closure - Mon to Fri 7am until 6pm when signed accordingly. Diversion via B741, A76, A70, B742, A713, Gateside Road, Dalmellington and vice versa (Road Resurfacing Works)
    20/02/2017, 21/02/2017, 22/02/2017, 23/02/2017, 24/02/2017 (a serious delay)
  • A714
    Barrhill , Road Closure (Resurfacing Works)
    20/02/2017, 21/02/2017, 22/02/2017, 23/02/2017, 24/02/2017, 27/02/2017 (a serious delay)
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