Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

Carson welcomes U-turn on Crocketford crossing


Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson says he is pleased plans are now set to press ahead to deliver a much needed pedestrian crossing in the village of Crocketford.

The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP had campaigned alongside villagers in the Crocketford Community Initiative to ensure that Transport Scotland listened to their concerns and fit for purpose crossing solution was chosen.

A crossing is now set to be installed as close as possible to where most people cross the A75 around the frontage of the Smithy House and between the Galloway Arms and Arrochar properties, with it being in place by May.

Mr Carson says the increased safety measures are a victory for villagers campaigning and is pleased their initial concerns have been listened to by Transport officials.

Commenting, Finlay Carson MSP said: “I am pleased to see these plans for a much needed safe crossing in Crocketford are now set to press ahead over the next few months.

“This is a real victory for committed campaigners in the village who have been pressing for this for a number of years and I have been pleased to show my support alongside them.

“It is welcome that Transport Officials have listened to the serious concerns raised and fully engaged with those who will be using the crossing on a daily basis to ensure that a fit and proper design will be installed at the right location.

“I would encourage villagers to go along and look at the plans and make their views known so this can be a lasting legacy in Crocketford for years to come.”

Chairperson of the Crocketford Community Initiative Ann Botel added: “I am absolutely delighted that all the hard work by everybody has paid off and a crossing will be established in Crocketford by the summer. 

“This crossing will be a huge asset to the safety of residents and visitors.”