Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

Finlay highlights dissatisfaction from motorists using trunk roads

Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has highlighted road users huge dissatisfaction with the A77 and A75 trunk roads in his constituency.

The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP says the survey results confirm once and for all the need for the SNP Government to urgently invest in the major routes in south-west Scotland.

The responses which feature in the case for change in the on-going transport review for the region show that 93% of motorists are either dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with the surface quality of the A77, while the figure stood at 86% for the A75.

Mr Carson’s petition calling for the pothole-ridden routes to be repaired has attracted over 4,000 signatures and he says investment in the A77 and A75 must top of Transport Secretary Michael Matheson’s in-tray.

Whilst Mr Carson welcomes current work being carried out on the A77 and A75, he says this is a drop in the ocean in relation to the work that is needed.

Commenting, Finlay Carson MSP said: “These responses from motorists on the A75 and A77 are overwhelmingly clear; these trunk roads are not fit for purpose.

“With nearly all users being either dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with the surface condition, the need for urgent investment and maintenance programmes has never been greater.

“I have gathered over 4,000 signatures for my petition seeking to get the SNP Transport Secretary to finally outline a programme for improvements on these roads, which shows the strength of road users of the A75 and A77.

“Although some pothole repairs are currently being carried out on the trunk routes, which I hope has come about following my constant calls for action, they are a drop in the action compared with the significant investment needed.

“The longer these surfaces continue to deteriorate, the greater the risk of accidents and damage to motorists and vehicles and the more it will harm our local economic infrastructure.

“Road users are clear, it is time for the SNP Government to finally stop ignoring the south-west’s roads and deliver the investment required urgently.”