Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

SNP's budget is "yet another snub" for south-west region, says Carson


Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has labelled the SNP Government’s budget as “yet another snub” to the south-west region.

The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP highlighted how the SNP’s budget has failed to mention any sort of investment in the A75 and A77 trunk routes, outwith ongoing construction of the Maybole bypass in Ayrshire.

Instead, the SNP look set to invest millions in transport projects in other parts of the country including plans to dual the A9, improvements to the Sheriffhall Roundabout near Edinburgh and upgrading the A82 in Argyll and Bute.

In response to a question from SNP South of Scotland list MSP Emma Harper, Finance Minister Kate Forbes only mentioned the A75 and A77 in relation to the ongoing strategic transport review, rather than committing to specific investment.

Mr Carson says it shows after 13 years of power the SNP continue to ignore the south-west and hamper economic growth in the region.

Commenting, Finlay Carson MSP said: “Another year and yet another snub from the SNP Government when it comes to infrastructure investment in the south-west.

“We have no mention of the A75 and A77 in Dumfries and Galloway which have been allowed to fall into a state of disrepair through a lack of investment from the SNP Government.

“The fact the Finance Minister could only hide behind a transport review when asked about investment says it all about the lack of focus on transport needs in this region from the SNP Government

“For once I’d hoped the SNP Government might outline significant plans for trunk road investment in my constituency but yet again my constituents have been let down which is only going to make the state of our roads worse and hamper investment at the vital port of Cairnryan.”