A77 resurfacing

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The north and southbound carriageway of the A77 in Stranraer between Stair Drive and McMaster Road will closed for two weekends from 6pm today for road maintenance.

The first weekend of work will take four days to complete¹ to finish on Tuesday, May 24.

This scheme will repair signs of deterioration such as potholes and larger defects which are becoming apparent on the carriageway. Resurfacing this stretch of road will provide more than 3,000 daily road users with a smoother driving experience for the foreseeable future.

To carry out these works, the north and southbound carriageway will be closed throughout both weekends, although access for local residents and Aird Donald Caravan Park will be maintained. Northbound traffic will be diverted via Stair Drive to the A75 then to the A751 junction and rejoin the A77 at Innermessan. Road users heading southbound will follow the same diversion in reverse.

Motorists travelling through this area or heading to Stranraer Ferry Terminal during these weekends should allow extra time for their journey and pay attention to diversion signs. For real time motorway and trunk road information visit www.trafficscotland.org or for public transport alternatives visit www.travelinescotland.com.

Meanwhile, the A75 Dunragit bypass project has been put on “indefinate hold” by the Scottish Government.

On hearing the news, Galloway MP Russell Brown has blasted the SNP Government for putting the project on hold.

The improvement works were initially supposed to have started in spring 2009, but Scottish Transport Minister Keith Brown revealed in a letter to Russell Brown that the project has been put on hold – and now has no expected start date.

Russell Brown said: “Local people will be appalled that the SNP seem to be trying to quietly drop the plans for the improvement works at Dunragit.

“The work should have started over two years ago and only now has the Minister been forced to admit it’s been put on indefinite hold. People are angry and fed up at the continued delays and relegating it to the backburner like this is the final straw. My fear is that the bypass project will now get kicked into the long grass and never happen.”