PE01657: A77 upgrade


Petitioner: Donald McHarrie on behalf of A77 Action Group


Date Lodged: 19 June 2017

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to dual the A77 from Ayr Whitlett’s Roundabout south to the two ferry ports located at Cairnryan, including the point at which the A77 connects with the A75. 

Petition History:

The petitioner has collected 1,652 offline signatures.

Supplementary information

The petitioner has requested that the following information is published in relation to the petition:

Supplementary information (186KB pdf) provides links to a range of additional information about the A77.

PowerPoint Presentation 1 (7,801KB pdf) provides information about the A77 Action Group and some of the issues faced by people using the A77 south of Girvan. 

PowerPoint Presentation 2 (8,269 KB pdf) provides recent photos from along the A77 which depict what the road is like, how different heights and heights signs apply to an over road bridge and maintenance issues.


14 September 2017: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government, and to invite the Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work to give evidence at a future meeting. Link to Official Report 14 September 2017   

23 November 2017: The Commitee agreed to reflect on the evidence heard from the Minister for Transport and the Islands at a future meeting and to write to the Scottish Government. Link to Official Report 23 November 2017

29 March 2018: PE1610 by Matt Halliday on Upgrade the A75 / PE1657 by Donald McHarrie on behalf of A77 Action Group on A77 upgrade. The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government, hauliers and ferry operators. Link to Official Report 29 March 2018

28 June 2018: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government and to hold a round-table discussion with relevant stakeholders at a future meeting. Link to Official Report 28 June 2018      

27 June 2019: The Committee agreed to defer holding a round table discussion with relevant stakeholders until after the Scotland's Futures Forum event “Our Future Scotland: Dumfries and the South West” has taken place. It also agreed to the write to the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity. Link to Official Report of 27 June 2019

13 January 2021: The Committee agreed to write to the First Minister. The Committee also agreed to write to the North Channel Partnership. Link to Official Report 13 January 2021

24 March 2021: The Committee agreed to continue this petition and include it in its legacy paper for its successor Committee, along with a suggestion to seek updates from the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity on the Strategic Transport Projects Review 2, and the First Minister on when a response will be received to the Convener's letter of 19 December 2019. Link to Official Report of 24 March 2021

Written submissions

The A77 is long overdue an upgrade of this scale south of Ayr. Not only with bypasses for the affected communities but also that there are sections that are prone to landslips. These landslips seem to take years to fix, when similar situations elsewhere are solved very quickly in comparison, such as the A9 Perth to Pitlochry in August 2004, A83 Rest and Be Thankful, A82 Spean Bridge to Invergarry.

There would be huge financial benefits to both South Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway, not only for the economy and tourism possibilities, but also a fantastic chance to increase commerce between Scotland and Northern Ireland.

A boost to the economy of this forgotten corner of Scotland is way long over due.

Travel this road regularly and the A75 each day - both are absolutely horrendous roads. Life in your hands stuff, between potholes, subsidence, and lack of passing places. Convoys of 12-20 articulated lorries. Road signs hidden by dirt or trees, falling trees, and lack of grit when it's freeing. Pathetic traffic lights, a slippery road sign near Kilphin for 2-3 years without actually fixing the problem. Awful just awful and both roads equally as bad.

Julia MacDonald

5:44 on 19 Jun 2017

We are the forgotten and ignored corner of Scotland, think about the 30mph urban limit dropping to 20mph and without bypasses how much longer journeys would take on A77 with all its other problems. Dual Carriageway would allow the HGVs to legally travel at 50mph, cars can do 70mph So it now has become a priority to upgrade this road and to bypass as many villages and towns as possible.Thank you everyone who has signed it and commented.

Donald McHarrie

2:11 on 19 Jun 2017

Extend the m77 further down then go dual carriage all way to cairnryan

Garry Thomson

0:07 on 19 Jun 2017

I have just driven down the A77 from Ayr to Stranraer and cannot believe the deterioration in the road.

Karen Anderson

23:42 on 18 Jun 2017

Long overdue

Veronica hamilton

20:03 on 18 Jun 2017

It,s meant to be a Euro Route, but it is hopeless.


19:37 on 18 Jun 2017

In this day and age to have roads like this to a major port is ridiculous.

Kevin mccalmont

16:17 on 18 Jun 2017

This bypass has been long over due!!! Every day I walk up Maybole High Street I get anxious with how close the huge HGVS etc are to us pedestrians to try and get by another vehicle!! And the 20mph speed limit is a waste of time due to idiotic drivers not sticking to the speed limit. And the kids that have to cross the A77 to get to Carrick Academy. I had to stop traffic 2 years ago at the top of Maybole High Street to help a woman who had got knocked down. Even when I held her hand I had huge lorries and a car transporter managed to make sure they got by us with inches to spare!!!!

Gail Murray

16:12 on 18 Jun 2017

Let's open up south west Scotland


15:14 on 18 Jun 2017

The road from Ayr to Stranraer is we'll over due a face lift duel carriageways is badly required

Ian rennie

12:25 on 18 Jun 2017

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