£31.5m A77 project to bring ‘jobs boost’

An artist's impression of the Maybole Pass route on the A77
An artist’s impression of the Maybole Bypass route on the A77

MOTHERWELL-based contractor, Wills Bros Civil Engineering Ltd, has been awarded a £31.5 million contract to deliver a new route on the south west A77, which is expected to provide a jobs boost for the sector.

The Maybole Bypass project will include a new 5km bypass and associated junction, which will separate local traffic from those travelling longer distances, including to the port at Cairnryan.

Transport Scotland said the project would bring added economic benefits during construction, with Wills Bros anticipating the employment of up to 165 people during peak construction activity.

Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity commented, “The local community will benefit from opportunities created for small and medium enterprises to bid for subcontractor roles and the provision of at least four vocational and seven professional, site-based training opportunities.

“The contractor anticipates that the project could employ up to 165 people, during the months of peak construction activity, a number of which are created by the project.

“We recognise the strategic importance of providing good transport links on the major routes to the key port at Cairnryan.

“Today’s announcement continues to build upon the significant investment already delivered across ten improvement projects since 2007 on the A77 and A75.

“Delivering the Maybole Bypass will provide better journey time reliability for road users as well as improved safety and environmental benefits for the local community.”