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Travelling? A77 and and A75 BOTH have closures this weekend

The A77 at Carlock Wall

TRAVELLING this weekend? Look out for major closures on both the A77 and A75 trunk roads. The A77 north of Glenapp will be entirely closed in both directions from Friday evening until Monday morning. This will mean drivers face a lengthy diversion on the A714 and A75 – the A714 is notoriously poor for HGVs that make up so much of the ferry traffic. Scotland TranServ say that as part of Transport Scotland's strategic trunk road management programme, they resurfacing 0.6km of the A77 between Kilantringan Burn and Auchencrosh. Following this, a further 200m surface patching scheme will be carried out at the Stranraer North Gateway, under daytime convoy, next week. Alan Murray, Scotland TranServ's Principal Roads Design Engineer said: “This is an important section of the trunk road network, and as such is used by freight, retail and delivery traffic, as well as the emergency services, as part of their essential working. It is vital that we resurface this area in order to maintain road safety. Traffic volumes currently remain lower, and the programme can therefore be carried out safely, and with reduced disruption. “Many new working practices have been implemented across our own workforce and those of our contractors and suppliers as we work towards the future delivery of our Network Maintenance and other programmes. Thorough risk assessments have been carried out as we take a lead in the delivery of trunk road maintenance. “Scotland TranServ and Transport Scotland would like to take this opportunity to thank drivers for making only essential journeys over the last few months, and for playing their part in protecting the country's key workers.” The A77 closure will be in place between 8pm on Friday 24th until 6am on Monday 27th July. Drivers are advised to allow an additional 40 minutes journey time in order to negotiate the weekend diversion route. Special arrangements will be in place for emergency service vehicles. The extra patching work north of Stranraer will be carried out under daytime convoy between 8am and 4pm each day between Monday 27th and Wednesday 29th of July. Laura Gray, Scotland TranServ's Planned Maintenance Manager added: “We fully recognise the importance of a safe and reliable trunk road network and where possible, Scotland TranServ is supporting Transport Scotland as they expect to invest £471million in maintenance in 2020/21. The health and safety of our workers and those working on our behalf, is of the utmost importance, and projects will only be taken forward where we can ensure their safety as a priority. “An efficient and well-managed trunk road network is particularly important to supporting essential supply chains and the wider economy across South West Scotland at this time. Working in collaboration with Transport Scotland, we have identified a number of essential maintenance projects, which are being prioritised over the coming weeks.” The A75 closure is at Collin east of Dumfries this weekend and will also involve a diversion. Meanwhile motorists reported lengthy delays between Stranraer and Ballantrae on Monday. It is thought this was caused by scouring works on a culvert under the trunk road, although extensive works on the Carlock Wall section are back underway after Covid-19 restrictions hit operations. Motorists can find live trunk road information by visiting trafficscotland.org or by following @trafficscotland on Twitter. Additional project information is available at scotlandtranserv.co.uk.

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