Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has strongly criticised proposals that would see further speed limit reductions put in place on the A77.
The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP’s call comes after Transport Scotland published plans which will see the route south of Ballantrae towards Cairnryan cut from 60mph to 40mph.
While Mr Carson accepts that motorists safety has to be paramount, he believes that the SNP Government and Transport Scotland should be focusing on major investment in the trunk route, rather than causing greater congestion.
Mr Carson’s recent petition calling for the A77 as well as the A75 to be repaired and upgraded attracted over 4,600 signatures and he believes that should send the strongest possible message to SNP Transport Secretary Michael Matheson MSP.
Commenting, Finlay Carson MSP said: “While we must always protect motorists safety, cutting speed reductions on yet another section of the A77 does not seem a priority to me at the moment.
“My recent petition calling for the road to be repaired and upgraded struck a chord with more than 4,600 people signing in some form.
“What local motorists and users of the A77 want to see is the road upgraded and made fit for purpose, not further extensions to journey times heading to the vital port at Cairnryan.
“This is a short-sighted measure which again feels like the voices calling for action on the A77 are being ignored.
“The SNP Government need to outline how they will upgrade the A77 as a matter of urgency, otherwise the local economy is going to be damaged further by longer journey times.”