Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

Carson accuses SNP Transport Secretary of complete disregard for south-west road users


Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has accused SNP Government Transport Secretary Michael Matheson of having a “complete disregard” for road users in the south-west.

The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP hit out at Mr Matheson after he failed to respond to a letter sent by Mr Carson requesting he visit the region, in light of his petition calling for the A77 and A75 to be repaired, which attracted over 4,700 signatures.

Mr Carson requested that Mr Matheson came down to his constituency to see first-hand the appalling state of the roads.

However instead of a response from the Transport Secretary, Mr Carson received a response from Hugh Gillies, Director of Roads at Transport Scotland simply offering him a meeting with officials.

Mr Carson says that this is simply unacceptable and completely ignores the thousands of voices who are desperate for more upgrades on the pothole-ridden roads, especially with the importance of the port at Cairnryan.

Commenting, Finlay Carson MSP said: “The fact that the SNP Government’s Transport Secretary has failed to respond personally to this letter shows a complete disregard for road users in my constituency.

“My petition which attracted over 4,700 signatures shows exactly the strength of feeling among motorists travelling the A75 and A77 and about how poor a state these trunk roads are in.

“Mr Matheson has had plenty time to travel up to other rural parts of Scotland recently, yet he seemingly does not want to know just how badly his Government has let down the people in the south-west in terms of roads infrastructure.

“Campaigners in the south-west deserve far better and it seems the south-west roads are bottom of the list when it comes to any priorities for road investment from the SNP Government.

“The South West is often called the forgotten corner, but the lack of response from the Cabinet Secretary reinforced the view of many that the SNP simply ignore the region.

“I will be continuing to pressure Mr Matheson into delivering urgent investment needed for the A75 and A77; he cannot ignore these voices forever.”