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The A737 is one of two trunk roads, the other being the A78, that go through my North Ayrshire & Arran constituency.

The opening of the £31.2 million Dalry, North Ayrshire Bypass and, next spring, the £6.3 Den Realignment, represent a major boost for the Garnock Valley and North Ayrshire.

With two new roundabouts planned for the B706 and B777 junctions at Beith, it is time to look at further improvements on the A737, particularly from junctions A760 to the B787.

With traffic volumes increasing by around 2% each year, every year, there are concerns both about increasing congestion and safety.

To address these issues, I met with local MSPs, councillors and community council representatives in Howwood, to discuss how we take things forward.

There was unanimity at the meeting that factual information on traffic volumes - which Kenneth Gibson has obtained from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre - A737 detailed accident information and local community knowledge, will be compiled. The agreed view is that collectively we will consult with local communities on what they want, prior to making a submission to Transport Scotland’s next Strategic Transport Projects Review on the improvements sought.

I want to thank local councillors, community council activists and Tom Arthur MSP for the work they have already undertaken on taking this forward.

I have no doubt that together we will make significant progress.


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