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After decades of discussion the A77 Maybole bypass finally gets the go ahead

Posted: 4 September 2017

There has long been a demand for a bypass around the Ayrshire town of Maybole. With a narrow main street and large volumes of traffic passing through from the ferry port at Cairnryan, congestion and delays are a regular occurrence within the town. Transport Scotland describes the aims of the project as being to "remove conflict between local and strategic traffic, relieve congestion in the town, and improve safety and journey time reliability on the A77 trunk road".

Whilst news of the bypass has been welcomed by locals, many local landowners stand to lose productive farmland to make way for the bypass. Due to the nature of the project, land is being purchased under Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO). The CPO process is complex and can be a daunting prospect for landowners. Government offers guidance on the topic but the Scottish Ministers recommend that you seek advice from a professionally qualified person such as a surveyor or solicitor.

In addition to land being acquired by CPO, some landowners face having to adapt their business around the new road which is, in some cases splitting the farm in two. Landowners are left genuinely concerned about practical day to day management along with financial implications.

With offices throughout Scotland and the North of England, Davidson & Robertson (D&R) has a talented team of professionals with a wealth of experience in representing clients in CPO negotiations and already represents clients affected by similar bypass projects at Dalry, in North Ayrshire and on the Aberdeen Western Peripheral route. D&R also represents landowners affected by the new Forth crossing.

D&R has a thorough understanding of clients’ concerns, with experience of the large range of issues, not always immediately apparent, that landowners may face because of major roads projects. Drawing on this wealth of understanding enables us to ensure our clients are fully represented in negotiations and achieve fair and practical settlements.

With a new D&R office about to open at Ayr Market and many existing clients along the route of the Maybole Bypass, we have an excellent reputation that has led to us being engaged by the majority of landowners to look after their interests in the Compulsory Purchase scheme at Maybole.


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Scottish Ministers recommend that you seek advice from a professionally qualified person such as a surveyor or solicitor:

This project involves the construction of a new off-line bypass of the town of Maybole and associated junctions to connect to the existing A77 trunk road:


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