Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

SNP must deliver on transport pledges for Galloway

Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has called on the SNP Government to bring to an end the never ending reviews and reports and deliver on their pledges for transport upgrades in his south west constituency.

The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP was speaking in a Conservative led debate on improving transport infrastructure in the region, and highlighted the promises made by the SNP during the 2016 election campaign on upgrading the A77 and A75, the only routes for Mr Carson’s constituents in Stranraer.

During that campaign, SNP Deputy First Minister described the upgrading plans as part of “an ambitious package for the south”, with the SNP candidate Aileen McLeod saying she was confident the improvements would make a massive difference to the region over the next five years.

However, those pledges are yet to be delivered upon with campaign groups including the A77 Action Group and Dual the A75 Group becoming increasingly frustrated at the region’s roads missing out on major investment seen elsewhere in Scotland.

Commenting Finlay Carson MSP said: “This debate once again highlighted the urgent need for the SNP Government to invest in our transport infrastructure across the south west of Scotland.

“All too often this region has a feeling of being forgotten and ignored and that is apparent with the continued lack of improvements to the A75 and A77 trunk roads, which are so vital to the local economy.

“The SNP Government have failed to deliver on promises made to voters across my constituency during the 2016 election campaign and if their draft budget is anything to go by, it appears the region has been forgotten about yet again.

“With the port of Cairnryan serving close to half of Northern Ireland’s trade with the UK, we need to ensure that the connecting roads are entirely fit for purpose.

“Currently that is simply not the case and the time has come for the SNP Government to deliver more than just lip service to campaigning groups who are fighting tirelessly for upgrades on a daily basis.”