Drivers between Cumnock and Muirkirk are set to be faced with further misery along the A70.

Works were initially due to be carried out on the road with its junction with the B743 on Saturday, July 15.

However, after issues for drivers at the start of this week, the road looks set to be closed tomorrow (July 19) as well.


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The road has been closed for times between 8am and 6pm this week, with hopes that Tuesday would be the last day of work.

Drivers have told about issues on the near 40-mile diversion that is in place for the road closure.

The diversion currently takes drivers via Drumcloig, Darvel, Galston, Mauchline and Cumnock.


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Ayrshire Roads Alliance's (ARA) latest social media post said the road will be closed on Wednesday, July 19 from 7am-6pm.

Ballochmyle Councillor, Linda Holland, had contacted ARA about the road issues, and the fact that current innformation on the ARA website does not match its social media information.

A response to Cllr Holland confirmed that the road will be closed tomorrow.


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It read: "I can confirm that the A70 will be closed today, Tuesday and Wednesday - Worktime: 0700hrs to 1800hrs.

"ARA website will be changed to reflect this."

Tanyard Muirkirk Group have also had to step in to accommodate patients who were unable to travel from Muirkirk to Cumnock, and vice versa.

They have put temporary contingency plans in place.


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A group spokesperson said: "You will all be aware of the significant disruption due to closure of the main road between Muirkirk and Cumnock and resulting cancellation of the bus service.

"Our team have been liaising with ARA, advocating for your rights to medical care and trying to find a solution. We’ve come up with as good a workaround as we can under the circumstances.

"Dr Church will be covering what was to be Jacquie ANP’s surgery in Muirkirk this morning.

"We have local staff manning the surgery and for those who have appointments booked at the Cumnock branch, we’ve asked our clinicians to call those Muirkirk patients who look like they’re not attending on the assumption the issue is access.

"We know how hard it is to get through on the phones and we’re already short at reception due to sick leave and holidays hence the proactive approach. For those who will need examined we will figure out a way to accommodate that once the road reopens.

"Thank you for your help in spreading the word regarding contingency plans and for your patience and understanding with our staff who are doing their very best in somewhat trying circumstances."