A77 improvements to bring major economic boost

23rd April 2019


A new contract has been awarded to Wills Bros Civil Engineering for delivery of the Maybole Bypass on the A77 in South Ayrshire.

The £31.5 million construction project is expected to provide a range of welcome benefits to the local area when complete and will support widespread improvement in the region’s economy.

A boost to the local economy

The project will begin in the near future – although specific dates have not yet been set – and will include a new five km bypass and the construction of associated junctions on local roads.

Michael Matheson, cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity, commented: “Today’s announcement continues to build upon the significant investment already delivered across ten improvement projects since 2007 on the A77 and A75.”

He went on to add that the local community will benefit greatly from this latest phase of work, with the contractor predicting the creation of upwards of 165 new jobs in the area as a result of the scheme.

In addition, opportunities will be created for small- and medium-sized enterprises to bid for subcontractor roles.

Overall, the project is set to deliver reduced journey times for local travellers in future, as well as helping to improve safety and provide a range of environmental benefits.

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

Ellie Baker, brand manager at FCS Scotland, adds: “Developing enhanced transport links in the Maybole area will benefit local businesses and people greatly, while also ensuring traffic build-up can be kept to a minimum in the years to come.”