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ESSENTIAL MAINTENANCE ON THE A8 BETWEEN WOODHALL AND LANGBANK ROUNDABOUTS COMMENCES

SUNDAY 8TH MAY

Amey, on behalf of Transport Scotland as part of the Network Management Contract for the South-West Trunk Road Unit, are undertaking essential maintenance on the A8 between the Woodhall and Langbank roundabouts from Sunday 8th May until Saturday 11th June 2022. Work will initially take place overnight before moving to a 24 hour operation.

The work will be carried out using the following traffic management:

  • Sunday 8th May – Monday 23rd May 2022 – Offside lane closures to facilitate crossover construction and preparatory works at various stages both eastbound and westbound between the hours of 8pm and 6am, each night.
  • Sunday 8th May – Friday 13th May 2022 (inclusive) – Total overnight closures eastbound from Woodhall Roundabout to Langbank Roundabout between the hours of 8pm and 6am, each night.
  • Saturday 14th May 2022 – Convoy operation westbound between the hours of 8pm and 6am.
  • Sunday 15th May – Wednesday 18th May 2022 (inclusive) – Shuttle running on eastbound carriageway between the hours of 8pm and 6am, each night, with traffic following the A8 mainline and Glasgow Road from Woodhall Roundabout (link road from Newark Roundabout to Woodhall Roundabout will be closed in both directions). Access to Kelburn Business Park to be maintained via Parklea Road.
  • Wednesday 18th May 2022 – Inner ring closure on the Woodhall Roundabout for material cooling between the hours of 6am and 8pm.
  • Thursday 19th May – Saturday 21st May (inclusive) – Shuttle running on westbound carriageway between the hours of 8pm and 6am, each night, with traffic following the A8 mainline and Glasgow Road from Woodhall Roundabout (link road from Newark Roundabout to Woodhall Roundabout will be closed in both directions). Access to Kelburn Business Park to be maintained via A8 westbound with on site management.
  • Sunday 22nd May 2022 – Total overnight closure eastbound from Woodhall Roundabout to Langbank Roundabout between the hours of 8pm and 6am.
  • Monday 23rd May – Monday 30th May 2022 – Contraflow eastbound from 6am on Monday 23rd May to 8pm on Monday 30th May.
  • Monday 30th May 2022 – Works to swap the direction of the contraflow between the hours of 8pm and 6am.
  • Tuesday 31st May – Friday 3rd June – Contraflow westbound from 6am on Tuesday 31st May until 8pm on Friday 3rd June.
  • Friday 3rd June – Monday 6th June 2022 – Offside lane closures eastbound and westbound from 6am on Friday 3rd June to 6am on Monday 6th June.
  • Monday 6th June – Thursday 9th June 2022 – Contraflow westbound from 6am on Monday 6th June to 8pm on Thursday 9th June.
  • Thursday 9th June – Saturday 11th June 2022 – Offside lane closures eastbound and westbound from 8pm on Thursday 9th June to 8pm on Saturday 11th June.

Diversion Route for Overnight Closures

At the A8 Newark Roundabout, diverted traffic will take the A761 via Kilmacolm and Bridge of Weir to join the A737 eastbound. From here, vehicles will join the M8 westbound at Junction 29 St James Interchange to return to the A8 at Langbank.

A local diversion will be in place to maintain access to Finlaystone Country Park via Old Greenock Road when the main entrance is under contraflow.

Access for emergency service vehicles will be maintained throughout these works.

Our operatives will follow strict physical distancing and hygiene protocols throughout the programme, in line with the Scottish Government’s COVID-19 guidance.

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

For media enquires please contact Amey’s press office on 01865 713240 or by email: press.office@amey.co.uk. Follow us on Twitter @SWTrunkRoads

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Letter from the Post Office.

We’re writing to let you know about the start of a new Mobile Van Service. This van will be operated by the postmaster from Johnstone Post Office, stopping in various locations of which at least one is in your representation area.

For further information and to let us have your views, please visit our Consultation Hub via the link below:

Consultation Hub – Johnstone Mobile Service PA5 8AA

It would be helpful if you could share this link through your social media channels and with any local groups or organisations within the community to help our customers and your constituents understand what is happening.

Customer information materials will also be available locally.

postoffice.co.uk 

Inverkip Post Office Mobile service
Local Authority Car Park Next to Sainsbury’s Local
Main Street
Inverkip
Greenock
PA16 0FZ
Opening times
Monday 13:30 – 14:30
Thursday 13:15 – 14:15
Services
A range of Post Office products and services will be
available.
Access
There is a step into the Mobile vehicle with an
electronic tailgate available to facilitate easy access
for wheelchair users and those with disabilities.
Parking
Parking is available close to where the Mobile van will
be parked.
Getting there
This Post Office service is located approximately 450 metres away from previous Inverkip
branch, along varied terrain.

Wemyss Bay Post Office Mobile Service
Car Park Outside SPAR Store
Ardgowan Road
Wemyss Bay
PA18 6AT
Opening times
Monday 11:45 – 12:45
Thursday 11:30 – 12:30
Services
A range of Post Office products and services will be
available.
Access
There is a step into the Mobile vehicle with an
electronic tailgate available to facilitate easy access
for wheelchair users and those with disabilities.
Parking
Parking is available close to where the Mobile van will
be parked.
Getting there
This Post Office service will be located outside the previous Wemyss Bay Post Office branch.

The Post Office Services to these locations with the introduction of a permanent Mobile service from the week commencing Monday 14 February 2022.

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Police Scotland

Police Scotland would like to share the ‘Your Police’ survey link below with as many people as possible .

Effective policing isn’t just about enforcement. It’s about working in and with communities to identify and solve problems. ‘Your Police’ is their annual survey and is open all year. Responses to this are used on a regular basis to shape how Police Scotland deliver services locally. The more people that respond, the better so that they can understand the challenges faced in each community.

Your Police 2021-2022 – Police Scotland – Citizen Space Find and participate in consultations run by the Scottish Police Authority consult.scotland.police.uk

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The new Asymptomatic Test Centre in Gourock.

Many people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and will be spreading it without realising it. 

Asymptomatic testing will help us find and isolate more cases, helping us to identify more cases of the virus and giving us all a better chance of stopping the virus from spreading.

Current Test Site: Gamble Halls, Gourock

Commences: Tues 2nd March 2021

Opening Days: Tues – Sat

Opening Hours: Tues – Fri 11am-7pm & Sat 9am-5pm

Tests are free and no booking is required, just pop in.

Children aged 5+ can be tested and anyone under 12 should be accompanied to the site.


Do not attend if you have a new continuous cough, fever or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste. 

Do not attend if you are currently self isolating because you have been identified as a close contact, or if you have tested positive for COVID 19 in the last 90 days.

Tests for people with COVID 19 symptoms can be arranged by calling NHS inform on 0300 303 2713.

Further details including Q & A can be found Here

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Loves Local Fund.

The Scottish Government Scotland ‘Loves Local Fund’ aims to empower communities by enabling local delivery, and giving them support and guidance to help them achieve aims important to them.  You can find more details at the following link – https://www.scotlandstowns.org/scotland_loves_local_fund_application_form_and_guidance.

Also, today the Scottish Government ‘Restrictions Fund’ opened for applications.  The Coronavirus (Covid-19) Restrictions Fund provides one-off grants to businesses very directly impacted by Covid-19 brake restrictions implemented on 9 October 2020.  You can find out more details and how to apply at the following Inverclyde Council link – https://www.inverclyde.gov.uk/covid-19/business-support.

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Want to Volunteer, but don’t know where to start?

Whether it’s practical or emotional support, there are lots of ways you can volunteer to help.

For some that may be right now in helping to manage the crisis, for others there will be roles in the weeks and months to come.

But for many of us, the most helpful thing we can do to support our NHS and our communities is to stay at home to save lives. 

You can only volunteer to carry out tasks which involve leaving your home, once a day, if you are not required to be isolating and are not in any risk categories.  Please check the latest advice at NHS Inform.

To sign up, please follow the relevant links below: 

Please be assured that as soon as your help is needed, you will be contacted. Where possible your offer will be matched with specific needs.

I need to stay at home – can I still help?

You can still help even if you need to stay at home by signing up to provide telephone support. This way you can help keep in contact and provide reassurance to those in need.

Business offers of help

If you represent a business and would like to volunteer your services, please email covid19response@gov.scot.  We will respond to you as quickly as possible.

Source:- https://www.readyscotland.org/coronavirus/volunteering

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Your Voice Announcements and Newsletters

Keeping Busy, a 4 page Leaflet available for download HERE.

A4 page leaflet, available for download HERE.

Enthusiasts, A 4 page leaflet available to download HERE

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Citizens Advice Scotland – Help to Claim service

Following the announcement in October 2018 that the Citizens Advice network will provide a new service to help your constituents make a Universal Credit claim, I’m getting in touch to let you know that as of today the service is live across Scotland and the rest of Great Britain.

Our new Help to Claim service offers independent, tailored and practical support to help people make a Universal Credit claim, and receive their first full payment on time. It is available through our free phone line, website and local Citizens Advice Bureaux. I have included more details about how your constituents can access the service below. Your local CAB can also provide more details about the specific options available to your constituents, which might include face-to-face advice through outreach clinics, for example in libraries or Jobcentres.

Citizens Advice Bureaux in Scotland have given over 100,000 pieces of advice on Universal Credit since roll out began, and many of these issues are with the initial claiming process.

Help to Claim can provide people with advice on how to apply for Universal Credit and support them through the application process. The support provided will vary depending on individual need, but might include things such as: helping someone gather evidence of their housing or childcare costs; ensuring people know that Alternative Payment Arrangements are available; and offering advice on what to expect at a jobcentre appointment and how to prepare for it.

Our local offices have been working closely with Jobcentres, local authorities and other local organisations in preparation for providing the service. This close working relationship will continue throughout the operation of the service.

Support is available through our free phone line and web chat from 8am – 6pm Monday to Friday:

Phone line:                 0800 023 2581

Webchat:                    www.cas.org.uk/helptoclaim

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Local News Headlines from the Greenock Telegraph.