The Scottish Government has announced that £20 million is to be spent upgrading an accident black spot. The huge amount of cash will be used to improve the A77 between Symington and Bogend Toll and commercial drivers will be delighted with the news.
The South Ayrshire stretch is the busiest part of the A77 and one of the biggest accident black spots in the UK. The Scottish Government are so worried about the accident rate on the road they are committing approximately 30% of their transport budget on this single project. The upgrade should cut journey times, ease congestion and make the road safer for all drivers.
Campaigners including all the major freight and haulage associations as well as commercial vehicle insurance providers have lobbied tirelessly for improvements, and they have crossed swords with Scottish Transport Minister, Keith Brown, on many occasions. The minister always said the improvements would go ahead when funding was in place and it seems he is a man of his word.
The news has been welcomed by Adam Ingram, MSP for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, who said: “I am delighted with the announcement which brings to fruition a long promised and long delayed project. This upgrade is vital for our local economy and the safety of the local communities. This is very good news for the local area and will be a welcome step forward in ensuring the Symington and Bogend Toll junctions are made safe. We kept the A77 and safety concerns at these junctions at the top of the SNP Government’s agenda stressing the need for a strategic road network that is fit for the 21st century.”
The delays that have held up this project, which was originally meant to have begun six years ago, mean that the safety works that will help to improve road safety on the notorious stretch of the A77 cannot come soon enough to those who use the roads each day.