MP slams SNP’s A75 upgrade attitude

The Challoch Bridge was a cause for concern on the A75, being hit hundreds of times by lorries
The Challoch Bridge was a cause for concern on the A75, being hit hundreds of times by lorries

LOCAL MP Russell Brown has accused the SNP Government of “weasel words” as he claimed that are trying to brush improvements to the A75 trunk road under the carpet.

He said “local people are furious” that the SNP have put the long planned A75 Dunragit Bypass project on indefinite hold – and refuse to even give any indication of when it will ever be completed.

The improvement works were initially supposed to have started in Spring 2009 at a cost of £16m but have been hit by a series of delays and have yet to begin.

Last month Transport Minister Keith Brown wrote to Russell Brown informing him that the project had been put on hold. Russell Brown urged the Minister to reconsider this decision and at least provide a timeline for the work, but this week the Scottish Government has replied to state they are unable to do so.

The Scottish Government cite “difficult choices” being forced upon them because of the cuts imposed by the UK coalition Government as the reason for putting the project on the backburner – but in 2009, when the work should have started, the Scottish Government had experienced no cuts and had the largest budget in the history of devolution.

Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown:

“Dumfries and Galloway is being treated in a shocking way by the SNP. They are trying to brush these improvements to the A75 under the carpet.

“The work was supposed to start over two years ago and only now has the SNP been forced to admit they’ve put it on the backburner. Local people who use the road every day are furious and fed up of their excuses and delays.

“The Transport Minister’s excuse that shelving the project is a ‘difficult choice’ he’s had to make because of cuts from the UK Government is nonsense. In 2009, when the work should have started, the Scottish Government had no cuts and the largest budget in the history of devolution. It’s nothing more than weasel words to try and justify this slap in the face to local people.

“My fear is that the bypass project will now get kicked into the long grass and never happen. These improvements to A75 are essential to our local economy, but the SNP would rather invest in roads further north in Scotland than spend much needed money here. Once again the SNP have shown they don’t care about Dumfries and Galloway.”