A PLAN to install a new traffic light system to combat traffic woes at Largs ferry slip has hit a red light - with a 12-month delay to the scheme.

Following concerns from councillors and residents, the £190,000 scheme that was due to start next month has been postponed until late 2023.

Roads operator Amey say the delay is to allow for 'further consultation with the community' and to undertake a road safety review.

Independent councillor Ian Murdoch, who spoke out against the proposed changes, believes the survey will find that the majority of locals and businesses are against the proposal.

He said: “I don’t think there is enough justification for the scheme to go ahead because there has been very little discussion and no proof that it will work.

“I’ve known about the plan for three or four weeks and not one person I’ve met in Largs thinks it’s a good idea.

“Hopefully decriminalised parking enforcement will have been introduced within the year and that will help keep the bus stops clear and help with traffic flow."

Conservative councillor Tom Marshall says that although he backed the scheme, a 12-month pause is sensible.

He explained: “Although I am personally in favour of it, I don’t see any harm in delaying the project as it has faced a lot of criticism.

“However, money that was earmarked to be spent in Largs will now go back into the Transport Scotland pot, which is unfortunate.

“I still believe that a scheme is needed to improve traffic flow, and I am glad that other parts are still to be carried out.”

An Amey spokesperson said: “Following discussions with elected members and local stakeholders, the upgrades to the traffic light system will be paused for 12 months to assess upcoming legislative changes and their effect on A78 Largs Main Street bus stop operation.

“Matters will be reviewed once these changes are in place and further consultation will take place regarding the implementation of this scheme.”

Other parts of the project will still go ahead as planned, with footpath improvements on Main Street between Bath Street and Crawford Street starting on September 19, with lane closures from 8am until 10pm each day.

Cllr Murdoch is encouraging drivers to not park on Largs Main Street for the duration of the works so that the improvements can be carried out.

He said: “I am delighted that the resurfacing is getting done, it has been needed for three or four years now.

“The footway in that area is also in bad need of repair because it was done to a poor standard last time, hopefully this one will be better.

“Unfortunately the roads authorities have no powers to remove parked cars so I would urge anyone in Largs Main Street to act responsibly."