MP slams government’s lack of A77 landslip action

Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown has hit out at Keith Brown MSP after failing to receive a reply to his concerns of an increasing number of land slips on the A77.

The Labour MP wrote to Keith Brown, Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities, on the 27th December last year seeking action to minimise the risk of future landslips on the A77 after the road was blocked for the second time in just over a month.

The landslip at Carlock Hill led to vehicles having to travel an additional 53 miles using the A714 only to discover that this road was flooded, leading to further re-routing using the A713 via Castle Douglas and through the hills, which meant that the detour was in excess of 100 miles.

After receiving no reply from Mr Brown, Russell Brown has once again written to him to press the importance of this matter.

The MP said: “After holding a doorstep surgery in Stranraer last Saturday (17 January), a number of my constituents made me aware of their concerns with the poor state of the A77 which is resulting in an increasing number of delays and diversions in the area.

“Despite writing to Keith Brown nearly a month ago about the poor maintenance of the A77 and increasing number of landslips, I am yet to receive even an acknowledgement of my letter.

“This seemingly lack of interest from the Scottish Government is frankly not good enough.

“It is important for the Scottish Government to understand the importance of the A77 for Wigtownshire. There is significant ferry traffic usage as well as commuters travelling to and from Ayrshire, so the A77 is vital for the local economy.

“I have once again written to the Cabinet Secretary to press for action on this issue, and detailed the importance of this route for Wigtownshire.