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DRIVING through Gourock has become a whole lot easier after a new traffic management scheme was opened in the town yesterday.




The multi-million-pound traffic management scheme in Gourock, hailed as a ‘major piece of infrastructure’, was formally opened as Inverclyde Provost Robert Moran cut the ribbon on the Kempock Street development.


The new scheme has been implemented as part of an overall £5.2m regeneration project aimed at improving traffic flow in the town centre area.


Vehicles will now filter down through the lower Clyde side car park, leaving Gourock town centre open for cars travelling in the opposite direction only.


Inverclyde Council’s Environment and Regeneration Convener, Councillor Michael McCormick, stated: “The work at Gourock is a major piece of infrastructure which has been delivered over a short time. Just this time last year we announced the start of work and the contractor has had some horrific weather over the contract period.”


It’s hoped the new scheme will alleviate long standing congestion issues on Kempock Street and should now provide a clear unobstructed route for Dunoon commuters heading to the ferry link.


Local business GTI Direct use the road nearly every day for deliveries and supply runs. Managing director Martin Clayton said:


‘I think the new system significantly reduces the bottleneck on Kempock Street which at times could be extremely frustrating, especially if you were travelling to meetings or airport connections. Equally if you were driving in the other direction from Greenock you could face a 15 or 20-minute delay if somebody had parked their vehicle to unload a delivery, which could then lead to you missing the ferry.’


He added: ‘I travelled through the new system on Tuesday morning and it was completely clear with no delays or choke points.’


The Kempock Street one-way scheme is part of a £5.2m regeneration project which will also increase parking provision and provide a new public space along the waterfront with a facility for small craft to access the beach at the Pierhead.


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