The long running saga of West Kilbride’s new oneway system is almost over.

North Ayrshire Council has began work on the traffic management system, although some residents said they were surprised by the lack of prior warning.

The one way system will come into effect once work to install signs and widen pavements is completed.

The road at the Barony is set to be closed to allow the widening of the pavements at that section of the main street.

A 20mph speed limit will also be put in place. As well as controlling the direction of traffic, the system will formalise car parking spaces on the street and waiting restrictions.

The move towards a one-way system has been moving slowly over the last couple of years.

Original consultation provided options for fully comprehensive change to the town centre network.

However, at a cost estimated to be above £1m, the council opted to pursue a cheaper model.