DRIVERS are in for a smooth drive now a new section of the A76 has finally opened.

Scotland TranServ, on behalf of Transport Scotland has finally fully opened the road at Enterkinfoot, between Sanquhar and Thornhill to traffic. It comes after a giant landslip in 2014 sparked and investigation and an extensive geotechnical study was carried out.

In order to protect the safety of drivers, the trunk road has been operating under a single lane with traffic lights in place.

Scotland TranServ’s 30 week road realignment project began at Enterkinfoot on the A76 in early June, with completion on budget and now three weeks ahead of schedule.

Charles Macklin, Scotland TranServ’s Principal Engineer said:“We would like to thank the local community, commuters and businesses for their patience while this essential programme was carried out, it has been very much appreciated.

“Scotland TranServ and Transport Scotland worked closely with the local community and key stakeholders throughout the delivery of this complex project.

“In particular we have worked in close liaison with Buccleuch Estates, to whom we extend our gratitude for their support throughout the planning and continued delivery of these works.”