Date lodged: 16 September 2016
To ask the Scottish Government how it works with the relevant local authorities to ensure the viability of the (a) A701, (b) A7 and (c) A76.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 29 September 2016
The Scottish Government through Transport Scotland and its Operating Companies, Amey and Scotland Transerv, formally meet with representatives from Dumfries and Galloway Council, Scottish Borders Council and East Ayrshire Council on a regular basis. The purpose of these meetings is to share knowledge, problems and discuss forward programmes of work to ensure effective co-ordination and minimise potential disruption to road users and local businesses. Notwithstanding this, any urgent issues can be raised by either party between these meetings for discussion and immediate action. The Minister for Transport and the Islands also engages with local authorities and campaign groups. For example, he met with the A7 Action Group on 15 June 2016 when the group presented their A7 Action Plan and he met local politicians and stakeholders at the Dumfries and Galloway Transport Summit held in Dumfries on 22 August 2016 where he and the Deputy First Minister took part in a discussion about the role of transport and associated infrastructure to support the economy and communities in Dumfries and Galloway.