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Alex Salmond

First Minister
Office of the First Minister
St. Andrew's House
Regent Road
EH1 3DG                                                                                

16th May 2011

Dear Mr Salmond

Maybole Bypass

On behalf of Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce & Industry, I welcome your comments in the Ayrshire Post regarding the necessity of progressing with the Maybole bypass.

There is a significant amount of collated evidence of accidents which occur in Maybole involving both vehicles and pedestrians; loss of income to local businesses as people prefer to shop elsewhere; and the structural damage to historical buildings. The local Community Council has been very active in seeking support for the bypass and the Chamber has been supportive of their actions.

As the bypass has cross party support and is also supported by the local businesses it would seem appropriate that a timetable be developed for construction to start.

Given there has been a significant saving on the cost of the Forth Replacement Bridge project, we would ask that some of this saving be allocated to the Maybole bypass which was costed at 28-30 million some two years ago.

There is an estimated 30% increase in traffic expected on this road when the new Cairnryan port is complete which makes the project more acute and urgent.

Ayrshire Chamber welcomes your statement and looks forward to a timetable for implementation.

Yours sincerely,

Martin Cheyne
Chief Executive
Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce

Partners for Business:  Chemring Energetics UK Ltd., Clydesdale Bank plc, Diageo,
Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors, Lighthouse IT & Network Services, Halo Communications,
MacKay Corporate Insurance Brokers, NHS Ayrshire & Arran, Ocean Agency, Vattenfall,
William Duncan & Co. Chartered Accountants


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