Rosneath Peninsula pictured from Helensburgh by Bill Heaney

Rosneath Peninsula from Helensburgh. Picture by Bill Heaney

Currie Robin Currie.jpg 2By Democrat reporter

The planned capital roads programme for 2020/21 includes an allocation of £784,000 for Helensburgh and Lomond.

The programme will focus on a mix of carriageway resurfacing schemes that deliver the best value for money for the roads’ network. It does not simply concentrate on roads in the worst condition, but also treats roads at an earlier stage to prevent them deteriorating further.

Surface dressing schemes are used when the skid resistance of the road surface is poor or the road surface needs to be sealed before it fails. This helps reduce the amount of reactive maintenance for potholes.

Progressing schemes that provide the best rate of return maximises benefit to the travelling public and keeps Argyll and Bute moving.

Councillor Robin Currie, pictured above right, Policy Lead for Housing, Roads and Infrastructure Services, said: “We are confident in our approach to maintaining our roads.

“Given the limited funding available, and the vast and varied network of carriageway for which we are responsible, it is encouraging to see that there is a gradual, year-on-year improvement in most of our roads. I am also pleased that the council agreed additional monies at the recent budget – £700k across Argyll and Bute – to further help with road capital improvements.”

More details about the capital roads programme, including starting times and progress updates, should be available on the council website from April.

Notes: The provisional programme for Helensburgh and Lomond is:

Road Scheme Name Estimated Value Proposed Scheme Details***
A817 Haul road centre


£130,000 Surface dressing and Pre



A814 Cats Castle –


£100,000 100mm patching and High

Friction Surfacing


A814 Sinclair St to Gant


£22,000 Inlay


C70 Glen Fruin Hairpin


£24,000 Overlay


U172 Upper Sutherland


£25,000 Overlay


U197 Machrie Drive £20,000 Inlay


U167 Kennedy Drive £25,000 Inlay


U50 Campbell St – Clyde

St to Princes St

£15,000 Inlay


U57 Charlotte Street £40,000 Inlay


U08 Aldrin Road £10,000 Inlay


U69 Collins Road £30,000 Inlay


U317 West Princes St


£15,000 Inlay


U181 Kirkton Road £40,000 Inlay


C74 Carman Road £190,000 Drainage & Overlay


A814 Portincaple Junction (School Bus Route) £58,000 Junction realignment and Vehicle Safety Fencing
U229 / U22 Old Luss Rd / Athole St £29,000 Inlay
A818 Sinclair St-Luss Rd


£11,000 Inlay

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