Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

SNP must publish long-awaited transport review



Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has called on the SNP Transport Secretary Michael Matheson to reveal when the long-awaited review into transport infrastructure in the south-west will be published.

The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP has been pressing Transport Scotland for a firm date, but despite reports that it “will be released soon”, it still appears not to be forthcoming as it approaches the end of May.

When the study was announced by then SNP Transport Secretary Humza Yousaf in March 2018, it was reported that it would report back at the end of 2018 or the beginning of 2019, meaning there is now nearly a six month delay to the review being published.

Mr Carson whose petition calling for the SNP Government to urgently invest in the region’s trunk roads has now passed 2,000 signatures says the constant delays will do nothing to dampen the feeling that the south-west is a forgotten region, by those in charge in Edinburgh.

Commenting Finlay Carson MSP said: “The SNP announced this transport review to much fanfare over a year ago, promising an extensive review of the region’s infrastructure.

“We are now fast approaching summer, yet there is no sign of a report that we were told would report back by the end of winter this year at the latest.

“That is simply not good enough and does nothing to dampen the feeling across the south-west that they are a forgotten region when it comes to investment in infrastructure upgrades.

“With my petition having now passed 2,000 signatures, the SNP Transport Secretary should be under no illusions as to how strongly people feel about the state of the region’s roads and wider lack of transport infrastructure.

“Michael Matheson needs to give a firm date as to when this review will finally be published, as currently it looks as though it has been kicked into the long grass.”