AN ADDITIONAL £365,000 is to be spent on repairing roads in Helensburgh and Lomond, Argyll and Bute Council has confirmed.

The local authority has revealed how it plans to use the extra £2.61 million added to the roads reconstruction programme at last month’s budget, with a series of improvement works scheduled over the coming year.

Included in the works are improvements to: the A814 south of Morelaggan, near Arrochar; A814 at the Faslane roundabout south approach; A814 Westerhill Farm, Ardoch; A818 Sinclair Street-Luss Road (Blackhill); B838 Church Road in Arrochar; School Road in Luss; and East Abercromby Street in Helensburgh.

The 2021/22 roads reconstruction programme includes schemes which are carried over from the current financial year.

Covid, and the restrictions imposed on construction work, meant no surface dressing was carried out in this financial year, but “significant preparatory work” was undertaken.

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The total value of works planned for 2021/22 is £10m, as reported to the council’s environment, development and infrastructure committee earlier this month.

Members will review the full, updated programme at the committee’s next meeting in June.

Councillor Rory Colville, policy lead for roads and infrastructure services, said: “This is a significant investment and recognises the vital role that transport and travel will play in Argyll and Bute’s post-Covid recovery.”

The roads reconstruction programme aims to "arrest the rate of decline and provide an overall improvement in condition".

Mid Argyll has been assigned £270,000 in additional funding, along with Kintyre and Islay and Jura, while Lorn will receive £610,000, Mull £304,000, Bute £151,000 and Cowal £371,000.

The overall budget is divided on the basis of the area of the road network, meaning Helensburgh and Lomond, for example, receives a lesser share than Oban, Lorn and the Isles.

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