As part of Transport Scotland’s strategic trunk road management programme, Scotland TranServ will deliver THREE resurfacing projects for the A78 this April.

The £1million programme of works will get underway with the resurfacing of the A78 north of Largs on Friday 6th April.

Alan Murray, Scotland TranServ’s Principal Road Design Engineer added:

“We’ve spoken directly to community councils and asked for their input and agreement in the scheduling and format of this extensive programme of work. Key stakeholders have also provided their feedback, allowing us to run these schemes closely together so that they can be carried out quickly, and completed ahead of the tourist and event season.

“Due to the limited available road width of the A78 it will be necessary to close the trunk road to ensure the safety of our workers and of the travelling public. This unfortunately will mean weekend diversions. We would therefore ask drivers to carefully plan their journeys.”

The projects will see the resurfacing of approximately 3 kilometres of road surface. Because of the narrow widths of the A78, trunk road closures are necessary in these locations in order to complete the works. These will include:

· Largs North, 8pm Friday 6th to 6am Monday 9th April. Resurfacing of approximately 1km of A78.

· Skelmorlie South, 8pm Friday 13th to 6am Monday 16th April. Resurfacing of approximately 1.1km of trunk road.

· Wemyss Bay, 8pm Friday 20th to 6am Monday 23rd April. Resurfacing of approximately 0.8km of trunk road adjacent to the Wemyss Bay ferry terminal.

Because of the nature of the trunk road network in this area of South West Scotland, diversion routes are significant and will add additional time onto journeys. Motorists and ferry passengers in particular are advised to plan their journey.

For live traffic information please follow @trafficscotland on Twitter or visit Further diversion information is also available on the Scotland TranServ website.

This concentrated programme of improvements for the A78 is one of a number of such schemes being scheduled by Scotland TranServ to deliver long-term benefits to commuters, local communities and businesses across South West Scotland on behalf of Transport Scotland.

Andy Fraser, Scotland TranServ’s Operating Company Representative concluded:

“The A78 is an important economic artery for South West Scotland. That is why we have scheduled this significant programme of work to be delivered with maximum efficiency and minimal disruption. Across South West Scotland, we’re working on behalf of Transport Scotland to prioritise such road maintenance issues and deliver our road surface improvement projects as quickly and safely as possible.”