Bute roads spending ‘beginning to pay off’

Argyll and Bute Council is nearing the end of a three-year, �23 million investment in the area's roads network.
Argyll and Bute Council is nearing the end of a three-year, �23 million investment in the area's roads network.

Bute is at last beginning to see the benefits of substantial spending on the island’s roads network, according to one of the island’s councillors.

Robert Macintyre’s comments came in the week that Argyll and Bute Council declared that its £23 million investment in improving the area’s roads is finally beginning to pay off.

Much of the focus on Bute in recent years has been on the A886 between Port Bannatyne and Rhubodach and on the A844 Kilmory circle on the island’s west coast.

Next on the hit list for Bute is Eastlands Road in Rothesay, between Canada Hill and Eastlands Park, which is due to be tackled in the next three weeks.

“As of September 30,” Cllr Macintyre told Bute Community Council this week, “76 per cent of the roads money allocated to Bute this year had been spent, so we have seen a good share of the resurfacing and road maintenance budget this year.”

Fewer roads in Argyll and Bute are now classified as ‘at risk’ by the Society of Chief Officers of Transportation in Scotland, with almost nine out of ten ‘A’ roads now regarded as being in a good or fair condition.

A three-year council spending programme on the area’s roads network between 2012 and 2015 is almost complete, with the remaining work expected to finish before Christmas.