Joe Cullinane

Scottish Labour Councillor for Kilwinning

Ashenyard Park - new road layout


I am concerned about the new road layout at the Pennyburn Roundabout which has been put in place to accomodate the new 'Ashenyard Park' development.



My primary concerns are that, at peak times, the new layout will push traffic further along Stevenston Road approaching the roundabout from Kilwinning whilst those who wish to turn right from the development will be unable to do so when traffic is at its busiest.



I have raised these initial concerns with Transport Scotland and am in the process of arranging a site visit with them and the Council's roads and planning teams.



Before that meeting takes place, and the businesses in Ashenyard Park open in March, I want the views of the community on the new road layout. Do you have your own concerns and if so what do you think would be a better traffic management system to accomodate the development?



commented 2016-02-10 17:23:50 +0000
Concerned about traffic movement

With the increased traffic volume we will be unable to leave our house!

We live directly behind the fire station this road is narrow unrestricted with present high volume of traffic – used as a short cut to Hayocks scheme and has become a race track

Speed on this narrow country road

Two accidents this week!THE FIRE STATION BE CONSIDERED: this is the residents only access to property and as such should have additional hazards to contend with

Food rubbish thrown from cars present a HEALTH HAZARD (rats)

Clean up plan?
commented 2016-02-03 00:45:58 +0000
Hi Joe

Unfortunately we are left with a difficult situation. I was still with NAC Roads when this proposal was first presented and I suggested at that time it would be better if they used the existing junction adjacent to the fire station. I have no idea what final recommendations were made by NAC Roads or the Trunk Road Authority, who would also have been consulted, however the final decision would probably have been with the Planners. I have read a lot of the comments and suggestions and lots are valid. In my opinion to say its dangerous is overstating the problem, its more about frustration and delays which I agree is a pain. The delays leaving the new site are more of a problem for the businesses. Using alternative egress arrangements from the site could bring other road safety issues, as would a dedicated left turn lane onto the by-pass. Any of these suggestions would be for the Transport Scotland to decide. Traffic Lights in my opinion would be safer, particularly for pedestrian, but could cause more delays and disruption, particularly on the A78, Pennyburn Roundabout. Something to consider, again with the approval of T.S., is a two lane approach to the roundabout from as far back as the car wash site. It may not help those heading for Stevenston or Saltcoats but it would help those heading for Irvine. Right turners heading up Hawkhill Road or entering the new Ashenyard Park will cause some delay for those heading towards the 3 towns but it might just help the problem. No point looking to appoint blame, I just hope my comments help resolve a difficult situation.


I am more worried about the traffic management issues outside St Lukes which I think are potentially more dangerous, happy to discuss when you have a chance.
commented 2016-02-02 13:51:12 +0000
Terrible layout, a left hand continuous lane from just by the car wash onto bypass heading to Irvine, this would free up the now middle lane to go straight on and right hand lane to go on bypass heading to Ardrossan. Problem solved for the build up of normal traffic just now, then we have the problem of right turning out the new park, this should either be traffic lights for peak periods only or left turn only coming out the stevenston road exit next to fire station and an exit at the top end of the park leading onto the bypass taking you onto the pennyburn roundabout give people who wish to go Irvine, Kilmarnock or three town less time to wait and this in turn would lead to less congestion on main Stevenston road, as I feel it would be an accident waiting to happen. Also I think a foot bridge is needed somehow as the amount if kids that will want to go up because of the kfc could also be an accident waiting to happen.
commented 2016-02-01 17:28:24 +0000
New road layout-Ashenyard Park.

Road struggled to cope with old road layout esp when emergency vehicles had to pass. Now with new marking it’s even worst. Could a filter lane for left hand bypass feed or part time traffic lights be a solution. I dread what it will be like when Ashen yard Park opens for business!

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