THE pothole-ridden A78 between Largs and Wemyss Bay is to be fixed - but the road could be closed again at Easter for the works.

Independent councillor Ian Murdoch - who has been liaising with road contractors Transerv - has told the firm that it is vital the road is open during the busy holiday weekend after the works were scheduled for April.

Last year Largs suffered three weekends of chaos and tailbacks after an Easter closure, with local businesses saying they had lost tens of thousands of pounds in takings.

Cllr. Murdoch said: "The A78 trunk road between Hunterston and Wemyss Bay is in very poor condition in many areas.

"The main road through Fairlie, some parts of the main road in Largs, the straights at St Phillan's and the Meigle are all in need of attention.

"I am very concerned about its condition."

Transerv have said that they have some major repairs planned for the stretch - but it is their timing that is causing concern.

These include the A78 Ashcraigs resurfacing and A78 Ashcraigs to Knock Castle resurfacing, two schemes that will be carried out under a total road closure.

Cllr. Murdoch added: "I am curious as to why these projects always seem to happen in April, which is the start to the financial year.

"Is this why we have had to wait so long for this road to be repaired?

"I am also concerned that any road closure, regardless of timescale, will adversely affect the tourist trade and trade in general, especially in Largs.

"It is important to note that Easter weekend 2019 starts on Friday 19 April through to Monday 22 April. Works must be planned to avoid these days.

"I have also asked that public consultation includes all North Coast community councils and elected members."

Transerv has explained that programmes are planned one year in advance and work is scheduled 'on priority'.

The roads utility company say the only way that the works north of Largs can be carried out is with a total road closure, due to insufficient road widths for the repairs to be carried out safely under a convoy system.

Roads chiefs say they are also working on future plans for the road through Fairlie.