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By Abbey Morton
Annan and Eskdale
Campaign for A75 upgrade

A PETITION to upgrade the whole A75 Euroroute from Gretna to Stranraer is gathering speed.

In just two days an online petition has attracted 1500 signatures from people calling for the main route between the UK’s motorway system and Ireland to become a motorway or full dual carriageway.
Matt Halliday from Stranraer launched the petition calling for action from the Scottish Government and Transport Minister Keith Brown.
In a letter he said: “The road itself is woefully unfit for purpose, there are major logjams at the times of the frequent ferry sailings meaning heavy freight traffic in convoys, mixing with tourists who do not know the road mixing with local traffic including agricultural vehicles.
“It is a travesty that one of the UK’s busiest and most dangerous roads has been starved of investment and prevented from receiving this vital upgrade for so long.”
Last year a 3.2 mile bypass of Dunragit was completed at a cost of £17million and £9m was invested in an improvement scheme at Hardgrove-Kinmount.
Responding, a Transport Scotland spokesman said: “We recognise the value of transport links to our major ferry ports to the local and national economy, including Cairnryan port and we have invested over £52 million operating and maintaining the A75 since 2007.”

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