MP piles on the pressure over A77 solution

Russell Brown MP and members of the local community in Wigtownshire calling for action to prevent future landslips on the A77.
Russell Brown MP and members of the local community in Wigtownshire calling for action to prevent future landslips on the A77.

Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown has joined locals in calling for urgent A77 repairs.

Having campaigned with locals at the roadside recently, the MP then held a meeting with maintenance contractors Scotland TranServ to demand action once and for all.

The move comes following closure of the main road from the Loch Ryan ferry terminals heading north twice in a month following landslips and flooding.

In December the road was closed for several days as a result of a landslip south of Ballantrae leading to a53-mile detour. However, flooding led to a further re-routing of more than 100 miles.

Scotland TranServ told the MP that surveys will be carried out for a further few weeks to assess the underlying problems.

The company will stabilise the slippages and improve the drainage of areas prone to flooding once the survey is completed. However, the company is unable to confirm the timeframe for the repairs.

Mr Brown said: “While it is reassuring from my discussions with Scotland TranServ that they are beginning to wake up and realise the significant problems which afflict the A77, they have taken far too long to do so. Local people affected by the constant delays, diversions and closures want to see far quicker action.

“I have written to government ministers on three occasions to inform them of the problems. The A77 is crucial to the economy of Wigtownshire. Local people are angry, and rightly so that it is taking so long to find a permanent solution.

“If the same problems were afflicting a road in the central belt then you can bet that the Scottish Government would be quick to take action.”