A PLANNING application to restore the Dunure Road underpass, to create a safe and easy passageway for cyclists, walkers and runners, has been sent to the council.

The Ayrshire Roads Alliance have submitted plans, to construct an underpass at the A719 Dunure Road, Doonfoot to link the NCN7 and Burton/Alloway cycleways.

Members of the South Ayrshire Paths Initiative, a community group who support the Ayrshire Roads Alliance feel restoring the railway tunnel is the only safe option as due to the topography of the area and other options like traffic calming, 30mph speed limit, Toucan crossing, over-bridge, speed camera will not solve the safety issues.

If planning is approved, the tunnel would require external funding, and could be completed by the end of 2018. 

On one side of Dunure Road, the Alloway to Burton Cycle path, there is a popular two mile traffic free tarmac all abilities shared use path from Maybole Road, Alloway, Ayr

It follows the dismantled Maidens and Dunure Light Railway line and links housing estates and the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum.

On the other side of Dunure Road, Greenan to Ayr Town centre, there is another popular virtually traffic free tarmac all abilities shared use path passing near Greenan Castle, then along by Ayr beach. 

Recent improvements make for a safe and attractive three mile journey to Ayr town centre. But the paths meet at the 60mph Dunure Road making it harder to cross safely. 

For more information visit https://southayrshirepaths.org.uk/developments/dunure-road-underpass