£1.7m to be spent on road repairs

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Nearly £1.7 million is to be spend on improving the roads on Arran in the next financial year.

The Arran Roads Programme for 2022/23 was this week approved by the North Ayrshire Council cabinet.

More than £1 million will be spent on structural projects, of which £800,000 will be met by a Scottish government grant including the replacement of the Newton Bridge in Lochranza, the re-decking of the Pirnmill Bridge and inert and other repairs to the Doctors Bridge in Brodick.

There will also be culvert work at Kildonan and Blackwaterfoot.

A further £660,000 will be spent on carriageway resurfacing throughout the island as well as carriageway screeding and footway resurfacing.

The council will also spend more than £5 million on mainland roads over the next 12 months,  including an additional £1 million which was agreed as part of budget last week.

As well as the roads, the council has earmarked £1m on street lighting and another £700,000 on maintaining various bridges across the region.

Council leader Joe Cullinane said: ‘The condition of our road network is a priority for residents and that’s why we’ve allocated an additional £1million in the budget.

‘This additional investment, above the baseline roads investment programme, has enabled us to agree a comprehensive package of improvements that will cover the length and breadth of North Ayrshire.’