Travel and transport boost under council consideration

The Bougillie could see an improvement for bus users as part of the proposed ferry link upgrade.

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Active travel and transport could be given a major boost on Arran over the following two years if a range of proposals being discussed by North Ayrshire Council are given the go-ahead.

Following a cabinet meeting in June last year an agreement was reached to consider a number of funding applications for projects in the period 2019 and 2020.

In the 2018 and 2019 period a sum of more than £3 million was secured and it is anticipated that a similar amount could be raised for the current period.

Funders could include Strathclyde Partnership for Transport’s Capital Programme, Smarter Choices Smarter Places and Sustrans Scotland’s Community Links.

Covering a wide variety of strategies and key projects for various areas, the ones that would have relevance for Arran include an improved Brodick to Lochranza ferry link upgrade on the A841 for buses, paid for by Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT); the construction of two new paths for non-motorised traffic between Brodick and Lochranza and Lamlash, funded by Scottish Natural Heritage, SPT, Sustrans and North Ayrshire Council; and a 2m wide multi use, off-road path from Brodick to Corrie as part of the National Walking and Cycling Network, paid for by Sustrans and SPT.

The Brodick to Lochranza ferry link upgrade would seek to relieve pinch points and sharp bends in the route which makes it difficult for buses to pass and which will include the widening and reconstruction of certain parts of the carriageway.

The National Walking and Cycling Network project from Brodick to Corrie, in addition to the two metre-wide off-road path available to users of all abilities, could see the installation of signage, cycle parking and seating.

The outcome of these funding applications and proposals will be announced later this year and a further report will be submitted to the North Ayrshire Council cabinet to approve and accept any grant offers.