Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has called on new SNP Transport Secretary Michael Matheson MSP, as a matter of urgency to familiarise himself with the dire lack of investment in road and rail projects across Dumfries and Galloway.
Following Nicola Sturgeon’s reshuffle, Mr Matheson has taken over from Transport Minister Humza Yousaf.
Mr Carson has invited Mr Matheson to visit his constituency during the summer recess to see the urgent upgrades required on the A77 and A75 trunk roads, as well as progressing plans for improved rail infrastructure and services in Stranraer.
Commenting Finlay Carson MSP said: “I congratulate Michael Matheson on his appointment as Transport Secretary.
“I hope he is aware of the scale of challenges he needs to tackle as a matter of urgency in relation to my constituency.
“For far too long, the south west of Scotland has been the forgotten region in terms of investment in transport projects from the SNP Government and that needs to change.
“The A77 and A75 are badly in need of upgrading in order to, not only sustain, but grow the local economy by improving links to the ports of Cairnryan.
“We have seen other major trunk roads across the UK upgraded in recent years; now is the time for the SNP Government to deliver the investment required in the A77 and A75.
“Furthermore, I am keen for the Transport Secretary to progress rail improvements in Stranraer, with a Cairnyan rail link and a reopened and improved Town Station.
“This can help bring more visitors to the town which is vital for the local economy.
“I hope the Transport Secretary will liaise with myself and other interested stakeholders to make these plans a reality.”