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By Fiona Reid
Timber transport cash announced

TWO Annandale and Eskdale roads used for timber transport have been earmarked for investment.

The Scottish Government has allocated £319,000, from the Strategic Timber Transport Fund, which is managed by Scottish Forestry, to Dumfries and Galloway Council.

And it will be used on the B7076 between Muirhousefoot Cottage and Steven’s Croft, at Lockerbie, as well as on the B709 near Langholm.

The funding goes mostly to improve minor roads – improving surfaces, widening corners, adding traffic calming measures or providing passing places.

In addition, the latest allocation will pay for the continuation of a timber transport project officer who advises and assists with generating local projects.

And, a one-off award of £5000 has also been given to the Corsock community for speed signs at either end of the village on the busy A class road.

Announcing the funding, Màiri McAllan, Minister for Environment, Biodiversity and Land Reform, said: “A green recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic is imperative and, as part of that, we are committed to supporting our forestry sector given its role in our transition to net zero. The sector also provides thousands of jobs and generates around £1 billion to our economy each year.

“By improving our timber transport network we can help the industry get its timber to market and ensure economic benefits continue. It will also reduce the effects that timber lorries can have on small local communities.”

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