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MP welcomes ‘constructive’ tone on A75/77

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By Fiona Reid
Dumfries and West
MP welcomes ‘constructive’ tone on A75/77

HOPES are high that Scotland’s new Transport Minister will take long overdue action on upgrading the A75.

Dumfries and Galloway MP Alister Jack says he is encouraged by the ‘constructive tone’ of a reply he has received from the Kevin Stewart on improving the A75 and A77.

The Scottish Secretary wrote to Mr Stewart to highlight a comprehensive report commissioned by Dumfries and Galloway Council and partner local authorities in Ayrshire and Northern Ireland, which outlined an economic imperative to improve the two routes.

In his reply, Mr Stewart outlined work that the Scottish Government had previously done to identify strategic transport investment priorities for Scotland, culminating in the publication of a second Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR2) in December 2022.

He wrote: “This could include, but is not limited to, enhancing overtaking opportunities, widening or realigning carriageways and improving junctions.

“I am pleased that both the Scottish and UK Governments agree that investment is needed on the A75 to improve safety and reliability, ensuring that the main route between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK is fit for purpose.”

Concluding his letter, Mr Stewart added: “My officials at Transport Scotland are continuing to work with the UK Department for Transport on the proposal to access this funding.”

Mr Jack said: “I have long been clear that the way to improve the A75, a road I travel frequently, is for the Scottish Government to work with the UK Government. I am glad the new Holyrood administration has moved away from previous resistance to joining forces.”

* A75 meeting, page seven

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