A78 Kelburn Country Park & Fairlie North

A78 between Kelburn Country Park and Fairlie North

5 November 2020

Daytime and Overnight Works


UPDATE: (2nd December 2020)

Due to a Met Office Yellow Weather Warning for frost and ice on the network this afternoon, and into tomorrow, we expect drainage and resurfacing work on the A78 to be extended into the weekend and possibly the start of next week. We are continuing to monitor weather conditions and will provide further updates, if required.

UPDATE: (27th November 2020)

Planned resurfacing planned for today, has identified a further drainage issue on the carriageway, which appears to originate from the park. We obtained the landowners permission to investigate and discovered a requirement to clean the drainage ditch and repair the foundations at the location.

Our plan is to continue work over the weekend to repair the drainage issue and then install a new waterproof foundation. This will allow us to resurface the road by the end of next week.

Repairs remain weather-dependent, and a further update will be issued if there are any related delays. The existing traffic management will stay in place and no full carriageway closures are anticipated.

We apologise for the further extension of these works, but ensuring all drainage defects are repaired will reduce the need for us to revisit this road again in future.

UPDATE: (23rd November 2020)

During remedial works, our subcontractor recommended that additional edge protection should be considered to protect recently completed drainage repair and to prevent further flooding risk in future. We have decided to proceed with this repair while traffic management is still in place, so on Wednesday 24th November we will begin work on installing the subbase and expect for the carriageway to be resurfaced on Friday 27th November 2020 and once this is complete the road will completely re-open.

These works are weather-dependent and also on no further issues being identified during the repair.


Planned maintenance on the A78 at Kelburn Country Park is currently paused,  to repair a collapsed part of the drainage system. The damage was revealed when the road surface was lifted. The collapse has led to a build up of silt in the drainage ditch for an extent of about 60m. Outfalls to the ditch are also blocked due to high silt levels.

  • On Friday 13th November ditch clearance work will take place.
  • Once this is completed, expected Monday 16th November, jetting will be carried out to ensure the pipes are clean and in good condition. From Saturday to Wednesday the site water will be given time to dry out.
  • On Friday 20th November, surfacing and lining work will take place, with final remedial work expected to be cleared and the road fully re-opened by 6am on Saturday 21st November.

A meeting has been held with elected members to appraise them of them situation.

No further full closures of the carriageway are anticipated, but if there are any changes these will be communicated as a matter of urgency via our website – swtrunkroads.scot – our Twitter feed @swtrunkroads and free Roadwork Alerts service: https://swtrunkroads.scot/roadwork-alerts/



On Sunday 8th November 2020, a resurfacing scheme on the A78 at Kelburn identified the source of a drainage issue coming from land adjacent to the road.

The surfacing scheme was paused and additional engineering support drafted in to provide an effective solution that will prevent flooding of the carriageway. While this is taking place a temporary traffic system has been installed to ensure the safety of road users and highways operatives.

The diversion that had been in operation for the resurfacing scheme was lifted at 6am on Monday 9th November. Further updates on the drainage repair and completion of the resurfacing will be provided on Monday.

In the meantime we thank the travelling public and local residents for their patience and understanding while this emergency repair is completed. Please allow extra time for your journey.


Essential maintenance on the A78 between Kelburn Country Park and Fairlie North will commence from 8pm on Thursday 5th November until Monday 9th November 2020.

The scheme, with a value of £132,000, will benefit road users by improving the condition of the carriageway and reducing the need for more extensive maintenance in future.

This work requires an initial daytime lane closure on the A78 from 9.30am to 4pm, using a temporary traffic light system. The rest of the work will be completed overnight between 8pm and 6am, each night from 6th November until the morning of the 9th November. A full weekend closure will be in place with a signed diversion will be in operation.

Northbound traffic on the A78 will be directed to leave at the A78 Chapel Hill Roundabout to B780 Dalry Road to B784 Dalry Junction. From here vehicles will travel on the B784 to the A760 Largs Road and re-join the A78 at Haylie Brae.

Southbound traffic will follow the same diversion in the opposite direction.

This scheme has been planned in consultation with Transport Scotland, Traffic Scotland, the emergency services, Largs Community Resilience Team, Federation of Small Business, Kelburn Country Park, Largs Yacht Haven, Fairlie Quay Marina, Esso Pier Garage and North Ayrshire Council.

Please note, all schemes are weather dependent and may be cancelled or rescheduled if weather conditions are not favourable.

A free Road Work Alerts service is available from our website: https://swtrunkroads.scot/roadwork-alerts/ An email address is all that is required to sign up for the service.

To report a problem on the network please visit: https://swtrunkroads.scot/report-a-problem/

Real-time journey information can be obtained by visiting www.trafficscotland.org  or via Twitter: @TrafficScotland