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Volume 115: debated on Thursday 30 April 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give the latest expected dates of the various stages in the planning and construction of (a) Cumnock and Auchinleck, (b) New Cumnock, (c) Maybole and (d) Girvan bypasses; and if he will make a statement.

The information is as follows:

SchemeDraft road orders publishedEarliest possible works start
(a) Cumnock and Auchinleck BypassJune 1986Spring 1988
(b) New Cumnock BypassJanuary 1987Autumn 1988
(c) Maybole BypassAutumn 1987Spring 1990
Start dates depend on completion of statutory and design procedures and on the availability of funds. In each case, construction is expected to take about two years.The Scottish Development Department is still awaiting the results of a feasibility study into a Girvan bypass. I cannot at this stage say whether such a scheme would be justified.