Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

Carson says SNP are set to break Cairnryan roads promise

Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson says the SNP Government are set to break a key manifesto promise in relation to road upgrades heading to Cairnryan.

The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP’s claim comes after SNP Transport Secretary Michael Matheson failed to fully answer a Parliamentary question from Mr Carson.

Mr Carson had asked the Transport Secretary if it would set out it’s investment for routes leading to Cairnryan, as outlined in their 2016 Scottish Parliament Election manifesto.

In their manifesto, they stated: “We will look to bring forward planned investment to improve road links to the Cairnryan ferry hub by 2020.”

However, with Mr Carson’s recent petition calling for road upgrades attracting over 4,700 signatures, he says it is clear that road users are not satisfied with the state of the trunk route.

Mr Matheson’s response only made reference to the Maybole bypass as well as the on-going Strategic Transport Review for the South-West, which Mr Matheson says will help shape policies over the next 20 years.

Commenting, Finlay Carson MSP said: “This response from the SNP’s Transport Secretary completely fails to answer my questions on the commitments they made to upgrade routes towards the vital port at Cairnryan.

“Instead, we see the Transport Secretary hiding behind a long overdue Maybole bypass and a Transport review which he didn’t want to come to the chamber to answer questions on.

“The SNP have had 12 years in Government but the south-west’s roads have become more and more neglected.

“That was highlighted in my petition which attracted over 4,700 signatures from angry road users, whether residents or visitors.

“If the SNP are going to meet this manifesto commitment, then they are going to have to be quick, as since 2016 there has certainly been no sign of improvement on the routes heading to Cairnryan.”