End in sight for Stevenston Cross traffic problems
A prominent building near Stevenston Cross is to be made safe after officers from North Ayrshire Council’s Building Standards department ordered owners to carry out an urgent structural survey.
The old Rankin’s pub in Townhead Street was declared unsafe by officials, which prompted the closure of the adjacent pavement in order to protect the public. The action also required the installation of ‘temporary’ traffic lights to keep vehicles away from the front of the building. However, the lights have been in place for a number of weeks, with locals reporting substantial traffic delays in the busy town centre area.
It has now been confirmed the owners of Rankin’s have carried out the required survey and that remedial structural work is to be undertaken “without delay”.
Local MP Katy Clark welcomed the news that weeks of traffic congestion for Stevenston motorists will now come to end. Ms Clark said, “I know that many of my constituents who drive through Stevenston on a regular basis have been frustrated with the temporary traffic signals being up for so long, especially as it was clear there was no work being carried out in the area.”
The Labour MP for North Ayrshire & Arran added, “Subject to the remedial work satisfying Building Standards, the traffic signals should hopefully be removed very soon.”