As part of Transport Scotland’s strategic trunk road management programme, to help minimise disruption, Amey will combine three projects under a single planned weekend closure for the resurfacing of the A701 between Tathhill and Broomlands.
As well as resurfacing 445 metres of the trunk road in this area, the operating company will also deliver the next phase of the successful A701 ‘Close Follow’ project, with a series of road markings to further highlight the tailgating issue. Additional lining works will also be completed under this single closure.
In line with the Scottish Government’s COVID-19 guidance, our operatives will follow strict physical distancing protocols throughout the project.
Darren Mitchell, Amey’s Senior Structural Maintenance Engineer said:
“We have implemented many new working practices across our own workforce and those of our supply chain partners as we work towards the future delivery of our new maintenance contract. Thorough risk assessments have been carried out as we take a lead in the delivery of trunk road maintenance.
“This is an important section of the trunk road network, and as such is used by emergency services, freight, retail and delivery traffic as part of their essential working. It is vital that we complete these works in order to maintain road safety. Works will be carried out under daytime convoy working, in order to reduce the impact on communities and businesses as they recover at this time.
“Amey on behalf of Transport Scotland, would like to take this opportunity to thank our customers for their patience while we deliver this important improvement project.”
To reduce the impact of communities and businesses using the A701, the resurfacing of this 445m section will be delivered under a full weekend closure. Traffic management will be implemented during the following times:
- 8pm on Friday 18th until 6am on Monday 20th of September
Diversions will be in place across the weekend, while these works are completed. Special arrangements will be made for emergency service vehicles. No additional arrangements have been put in place for windfarm traffic or abnormal loads.
Drivers are advised to allow additional time for their journeys in order to follow the diversion. Live updates are available by visiting trafficscotland.org, or by following @trafficscotland on Twitter. Addition information can be found by visiting swtrunkroads.scot.
Emma Burns, Amey’s Planned Maintenance Manager added:
“Amey fully recognises the importance of a safe and reliable trunk road network and we are 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.”