CAMPAIGNERS have won their fight to have a 30mph speed limit extended to the south of Fairlie on the A78 with work starting this week.
The long-awaited move comes as part of Transport Scotland’s commitment to ‘speed management and improving safety on the network’.
The matter has been continually raised by members of the community over the years.
Resident Karla Tully, one of the activists who has lobbied for the change for years, says it will protect pedestrians on the busy stretch and she is relieved that action will finally be taken by roads chiefs.
Karla said: “Common sense has prevailed.
“If people need to cross the road for any reason the length and breadth of Fairlie they should be protected.
“With additional plots for the housing development at Southannan, it will help protect the village and slow drivers down.”
The work will mean a series of overnight resurfacing and relining works by Transerv Scotland, who carry out maintenance on behalf of Transport Scotland. 
Bruce Wade, Scotland TranServ’s Senior Site Engineer said: “Scotland TranServ has scheduled these works for a time of low impact to the travelling public. 
“We would advise that there may be an element of noise during the construction phase of the project.
“We would like to thank drivers for their patience while works are being carried out; every effort is being made to help minimise disruption.”
The overnight convoy system is ongoing at night this week and will be completed on Friday May 31, 8pm May 31 to 6am Saturday June 1.
Vincent Tait, Scotland TranServ’s strategic road safety manager, said: “We have scheduled this significant programme to be delivered with maximum efficiency and minimal disruption.”