Local MSP Finlay Carson has today written to Transport Scotland regarding the planned closure of a section of the A75 for road maintenance to be carried out.
In a letter to the Chief Executive of Transport Scotland, Roy Brennan, Carson has questioned the need to close the road for maintenance works to take place, which will mean large amounts of traffic and HGVs will be forced to use small country roads.
The A75 will be closed at the A75/A711 Kirkcudbright Junction from 7pm on Friday 23rd June to 6am on Monday 26th June and overnight on Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th June.
Text of the letter is as follows:
Dear Mr Brannen,
I am writing to you regarding maintenance works being carried out at the A75/A711 Kirkcudbright junction.
I welcome this maintenance, and the recognition by Transport Scotland that route is an important economic artery for South West Scotland. However, it is for these reasons that I write to raise concerns over the decision to close the road.
These road closures will mean that all traffic will be diverted along the A711 and A762. As I am sure you aware, the A75 is heavily used by HGVs and other traffic making its way to the ferry terminal at Cairnryan. The closures will mean that at times large amounts of traffic and large vehicles will be forced to use small country roads.
While I understand that a road closure will ensure that the works can be carried out in a timely and safe manner, I do not believe it is common place to completely close such an important artery road. While this may be the easiest option for Transport Scotland to take, it will also be the most disruptive for road users.
I look forward to further clarification.