Following the publication of the South West Scotland Transport Study's Appraisal report, Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson criticised the lack of urgent action taken forward, with 23 projects taken forward for further assessment.
“This report sadly tells us nothing more than we already know. For the SNP Government to have to produce this in order to point out the obvious just shows how out of touch they are with the South West!
“People across the South West are rightly sick and tired of waiting for real transport improvements to happen while more and more consultations are carried and reports published.
“Some of the option appraisals that are being taken forward do represent significant transport upgrades for the region, including a new rail link from Stranraer to Cairnryan, upgrading the A75, village bypasses, and increasing speed limits for HGV vehicles but they are all issues which I and others have been calling for for years!
“However, frustratingly, all that is going to happen is that these measures will go forward into another assessment process, which leaves me thinking that the SNP Government and Transport Scotland are still kicking urgently needed transport infrastructure improvement plans into the long grass.
“Improvements to our roads such as the A75 and A77 and the rail network as well as connectivity to Cairnryan are long overdue, yet carrying out more assessments only tells my constituents that they won’t see any shovels on the ground anytime soon.
“I will continue to press the SNP Transport Secretary to deliver the real transport upgrades the forgotten south-west corner needs and needs delivered now, not in five years time!”
“Today I have written to Michael Matteson to demand that a number of the options are progressed now without delay. There is no need to wait to introduce a pilot scheme into HGV speeds on A75 or any delay in developing the full business case for a new transport hub in Stranraer including the extension of the railway line to Cairnryan.
“We have previously seen work done to identify the route for bypassing Crocktford and Springholm.
“We do not need any more reports to tell the residents of these villages or A75 users how urgent an upgrade here is!”