The Ayrshire Roads Alliance has received funding of £770,000 from the Strategic Timber Transport Fund, which will be match funded and will contribute to road improvements on agreed timber transport routes within East Ayrshire and South Ayrshire.
In East Ayrshire improvements will be made to the B7036 and B7046 and will include the replacement of deck slab and the restoration of parapets on Burnton Bridge plus the resurfacing of Barony Road at a cost of £100,000. Improvements will also be made to large stretches of the B741 Dalmellington to New Cumnock road at a cost of £388,000.
Within South Ayrshire the A714 will be resurfaced at a cost of £253,750 at two locations; Shallowpark, Girvan to Glendrissaig and at Pinwherry Bents to Sixpence. While just over 1km of the C1 will be resurfaced at a cost of £27,720 from the Dumfries and Galloway boundary north.
Councillor Douglas Reid, Leader of East Ayrshire Council said: “I welcome the funding from the Strategic Timber Transport Fund which will allow the Ayrshire Roads Alliance to improve roads within East Ayrshire which are vital for transporting timber.
“The timber trade is an important part of our rural economy and it is essential that we continue to work with the Forestry Commission to support this growth industry. By improving the road network we can ensure that timber can be moved easily and in a sustainable way without impacting on our communities.”
Councillor Ian Cochrane, Portfolio Holder for Sustainability and the Environment said, “Keeping the timber trade moving is an ongoing task, and this significant funding will help to restore a key rural road, leaving improvements for all.
“The lorries used to transport timber take a toll on our roads, something which makes regular maintenance vital, and which will now be directly addressed on the A714.
“This latest investment will breathe new life into a lifeline road in a move that will benefit both businesses and the community for years to come.”
In addition to the funding for the Ayrshire Roads Alliance, the three regional Timber Transport Groups in the South of Scotland, that provide a partnership of the forestry industry, trade associations, and public agencies such as Forestry Commission Scotland and the five Councils in the area, secured £17.5k towards on-going funding for its project officer.