AN AMBULANCE was involved in a road smash with a car at a Kilwinning blackspot - in the same week transport bosses announced improvements to the road.

Transport bosses at Transerv have announced changes for the A737 at Dalgarven following a campaign led by residents and MSP Ruth Maguire.

A number of accidents and near misses have occurred over the years at the area and on Tuesday, October 24 at around 10.15pm a blue Fiesta collided with an Ambulance on the road.

Luckily no one was injured in the smash, but the incident is the latest in a long line of serious crashes at the spot.

Residents have also said they felt unsafe walking along the pavement, that access from properties and side roads was dangerous, and bus passengers needed to wait on a grass verge next to the road.

Now Transerv, who operate the road, are set to unveil a comprehensive package of proposed improvements, in conjunction with Police Scotland and with input from North Ayrshire Council.

The proposed improvements will be set out in detail at a meeting to be held in the near future between the MSP, residents, Transerv and Police Scotland.

It is hoped that the new proposals will allay residents’ concerns.

This concrete progress comes after many months of pressure from local SNP MSP, Ruth Maguire, who back in March 2017 succeeded in persuading Transport Scotland, Transerv, and Police Scotland to attend an onsite meeting along with her and a number of affected residents and business owners.

Following this meeting, Transport Scotland instructed Transerv to conduct an investigation over July 2017 into the A737 at Dalgarven to identity potential measures to improve safety and reduce risk.

Police Scotland also agreed to carry out additional speed checks in the area.

Ruth said: “Many constituents have shared with me their serious and multiple concerns about safety at the A737 at Dalgavern, including the frequency of accidents, speeding, flooding, and, in particular, access and egress difficulties affecting individual properties and the various A737 access roads in the area.

“I welcome the news that a comprehensive package of proposed improvements to increase road safety has now been agreed, and look forward to joining with residents to hear about these proposals in detail at a meeting in the near future.

“I really hope that these proposals will allay residents’ concerns and reduce the number of accidents.”

A man has been reported for dangerous driving following an incident. on the A737 on october 24. The report has been sent to the Procurator Fiscal.