Strong case for the upgrading of the A75

A strong case for a major upgrade of the A75 between Stranraer and Gretna has been presented as part of a UK-wide transport study.

Wednesday, 27th January 2021, 12:43 pm
Campaigners, including Dumfries and Galloway MP Alister Jack, have pressed for improvements on the A75

The Union Connectivity Review (UCR) team have received submissions from individuals and organisations with an interest in the 94-mile route.

Campaigners hope a positive recommendation could ultimately lead to substantial UK Government investment for improvements to the strategically important road.

Dumfries and Galloway MP Alister Jack has held discussions with UCR chairman Sir Peter Hendy.

Mr Jack said: “An interim report is due out very soon and I look forward to reading the detailed recommendations.

“In my view there is a compelling case for upgrading the A75 as part of a strategic streamlining of transport infrastructure linking Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

“I’ve again pressed the case for the A75 in my latest discussions with Sir Peter and I’d like to thank constituents who have also given their views and made submissions to the review team.”

As reported last week plans to upgrade the A77 and A75 were discussed by the Public Petitions Committee earlier this month – more than 18 months after it was last considered by them.

The committee now wants to move forward with holding round-table discussions with Transport Scotland, government officials and stakeholders to bring a degree of urgency to the issue.

Convener Johann Lamont expressed “frustration” that the matter had stalled as it was revealed the First Minister had failed to respond to the committee despite repeated requests.

Mr Jack, who is Scottish Secretary, expressed disappointment that the Scottish Government has thus-far declined to cooperate with the UCR study team on A75 upgrading options.

But he added: “The recently passed Internal Market Act would allow direct UK investment into key strategic projects in all four nations.

“These will be particularly important as we re-energise the economy after we emerge from the pandemic.”