A77 and A75 improvements in draft report

Richard Arkless, MP for Dumfries and Galloway, has welcomed the publication of a draft report following the recent Transport Summit that was held in Dumfries.

The summit, which was the first of its kind in Scotland, was hosted by Deputy First Minister John Swinney at Easterbrook Hall and made good the SNP manifesto commitment to hold a Transport Summit within 100 days from the election.

Transport Minister Humza Yousaf chaired the event which gave elected representatives, transport professionals, business leaders and stakeholders an opportunity to discuss their concerns about road, rail and bus services in Dumfries and Galloway.

The publication of the draft report is the first in a series of agreed follow up steps which also include the preparation of a village traffic management study for Springholm and Crocketford, further discussions with transport pressure groups and key partners in Stranraer and Cairnryan and wider discussions to see what can be done to improve the local bus service.

A final transport summit report is due by the end of the year.

Richard Arkless said: “I am delighted by the swift action of the Scottish Government and I am pleased to see that they recognise the significant work that need to be done in Dumfries and Galloway to bring our roads up to an acceptable standard.’

“I am pleased to see that the government will be considering improvements to the A77 south of Girven as this stretch of road has been neglected for far too long.

“I also welcome news that links to the Cairnryan ferry hub and the A75 are being considered for improvement, as well as the connections between Dumfries and the M74.

“I have spoken with Humza Yousaf and also written to him to reiterate the importance tangible results following the transport summit.”