North Ayrshire increases road improvement investment

North Ayrshire Council has increased its investment in the area’s roads this year as part of its wide-ranging programme of improvement works.

Earlier this year, the council committed to investing an additional £15.6 million into its roads network, bringing the total amount of investment over the next ten years to £38.1m.

At the council’s Cabinet meeting this week, a further £400,000 investment was approved, meaning a total of £5.6m is being invested in roads and footways maintenance this year, the locations of which have been identified through the council’s priority-based approach to road network management.

Cabinet Member for Green New Deal and sustainability, Councillor Jim Montgomerie, said: “Roads condition is a national issue, and we know that our residents want us to invest in areas they care about, such as improving the condition of the roads network.

“That’s why our roads maintenance investment programme has been increased by almost 25% this year to take total investment to £5.6m to help make a tangible improvement to road and footway condition.”

While the majority of roads in North Ayrshire are the responsibility of the council, it has no responsibility for the maintenance of the trunk road network which falls to Transport Scotland and its management contractor Amey. The trunk road network includes the A78, the A737 from Kilwinning to the Renfrewshire boundary and A738 from the Pennyburn Roundabout to the A737 Dalry Road, Kilwinning.

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