NORTH Ayrshire Council has secured £100,000 in funding to make it possible for people to physically distance when walking and cycling in the local authority.
The funds have been awarded through the £30 million Spaces for People fund which is administered by Sustrans on behalf of the Scottish Government.
The council said that a number of temporary infrastructure projects will be carried out, with Ardrossan, Dalry and Irvine being the first to experience the changes.
On Glasgow Street and Princes Street in Ardrossan and New Street in Dalry, footways will be widened to create more space for people to physically distance while walking and queueing outside shops. Marress Road in Irvine will see one lane per carriageway reallocated from vehicles to cyclists, providing a full cycle lane in each direction to and from the town centre.
The council added that further works may also be carried out in the future, with those who live and work in North Ayrshire being encouraged to let the local authority know where they think the greatest need is for further temporary measures. Works may also be carried out in the future as those who live in, work in and carry out essential journeys through North Ayrshire are being encouraged to let the Council know where they think the greatest need is for other temporary measures.
Councillor Jim Montgomerie, cabinet member for green new deal and sustainability, said, “These works are to enable our residents and visitors to move around more freely and safely both to and within our town centres as the country navigates its way out of lockdown. As physical distancing is expected to be with us for some time yet, this funding will allow us to make some temporary adjustments to our infrastructure which not only promotes more active and sustainable travel, but also provides space for people to safely visit our towns.”