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A76 to be realigned to mitigate against landslips

The Scottish transport minister Humza Yousaf has announced that around 1km of the A76 is to be realigned to mitigate against landslips at Enterkinfoot.

The plans have been announced, and will get underway once the detailed design for the road realignment has been completed, along with the necessary land acquisition, publish road orders and procure a contractor.

Ground investigations for Enterkinfoot were completed in 2017 and while various solutions were considered including a range of piled retaining wall proposals, the road alignment option was chosen.

Yousaf said: “I pledged to take action on the issue of landslips on the A76 at the South West’s first ever transport summit, so I’m very pleased to announce that a long term solution has been identified.

“Our preferred option is to divert the road away for around 1km from the area that is prone to landslips. Whilst this may take a longer time to complete than other options, it offers the best value for money and delivers greater resilience to that section of the route.

“The geography of the area presents significant challenges to engineers, but positive work is already under way with the local landowner to transfer ownership of land to Scottish Ministers to allow this work to go ahead.

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“This investment will help provide more reliable journey times for motorists and businesses along the full length of the A76, as well as improving connectivity in the region and further afield to Northern Ireland.”

The timescales and project budgets will be finalised once detailed design work is complete. The current programme anticipates construction to commence from mid 2019 for six to eight months, subject to completion of the land purchase and required statutory process to promote the scheme.

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