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End of October start date for A77 landslide repairs

Transport Scotland’s term maintenance contractor Scotland Transerv has said that repair work on a landslip at Marchburn on the A77 will start at the end of this month.

The stabilisation work will repair damage caused to embankments on both sides of the road in 2014 and will not be completed until early 2018.

The A77 between Stranraer and Girvan will be closed between 3 and 6 November to allow initial piling work to be carried out but the rest of the work will be carried out under traffic control.

“We have been carrying out painstaking assessment of the landslip and intricately assessing the unique geography of the area in order to identify and design the best long-term solution,” said Transerv principal engineer Charles Macklin. “The complexity of the location is intensified by the high, steep embankment towards Loch Ryan on the downslope.

“Delivering this solution will require a large, complex project that we expect will take a number of months to complete. Initial forecasting from our contractors suggests that the works will be completed, the traffic lights lifted, and the road fully reinstated by early 2018.”

The road has been subject to traffic control since temporary repairs were carried out by Transerv in early 2015 but the scale of the failure on the 40m high embankment meant that careful geotechnical assessment was needed to form a long-term solution.

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