Joe Cullinane

Scottish Labour Councillor for Kilwinning

Ashenyard Park letter

First of all, thank you for taking the time to come to Kilwinning this morning to discuss concerns about the traffic management scheme for the new Ashenyard Park development.
 
As discussed, I am following that meeting up with an email outlining some initial measures that I would like to suggest to improve the situation.
 
First of all I would like to suggest that the approach to Pennyburn Roundabout on Stevenston Road becomes two lane from the Fire Station down to Pennyburn Roundabout, as shown on the attached plan. I would also suggest a temporary sign indicating that the right turn lane is for both the services and roundabout. It would require the removal of the current hatchings in the outside lane. There would still be a right turn into Ashenyard Park but this would, hopefully, stop traffic piling back onto Stevenston Road which is happening with the current road layout and will only get worse as the new development opens. It will also formalise the current practices at the roundabout and reduce the risk of collisions between those who are not aware of the practice.
 
Secondly, I would propose that a yellow junction box be installed at the exit from Ashenyard Park. Keep clear signs at this point could help cars that want to turn right out of the development.
 
These are measures that I would like you to consider with immediate affect. However, as we discussed I would ask that the matter is reviewed again in 2-3 months time when the businesses at Ashenyard Park are open. By this time the anticipated 'rush' that these sort of developments tend to experience should be over and the traffic flow can be analysed. As was stated today, if at this it is clear that traffic is waiting longer than would be acceptable then we would ask that further options are considered.
 
As I mentioned this morning, I sought the views of the local community on the traffic management scheme and have received over 150 responses which demonstrates that this is an issue of importance and concern to local residents. I have attached these comments for your information and perusal. You will see that many suggestions are made for how the the scheme can be improved that, should there be issues when we review the scheme in 2-3 months, I would hope Transport Scotland can consider as possible solutions. Some are probably longer terms aspirations, for example the creation of a left lane slip road onto the Irvine by-pass, that maybe Transport Scotland can consider as part of their capital plans against their other competing priorities.
 
Again thank you for meeting me this morning. I look forward to hearing from you in due course about the suggested changes.
 
Kind Regards
 
Joe

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