Date lodged: 14 August 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to invest in an upgrade of the A77.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 5 September 2018
Since 2007 the Scottish Government has invested approximately £59 million in road maintenance and £35 million in four separate schemes on the A77, in addition there is planned investment on the A77 Maybole Bypass with construction costs of £30 million. Transport investment has to be supported by robust evidence and that is why Scottish Government is undertaking the South West Scotland Transport study. This study is considering the rationale for improvements to road, rail, public transport and active travel on the key strategic corridors including the A75 and A77 as well as the railway corridors to Stranraer and Carlisle via Kilmarnock and Dumfries, with a particular focus on access to the ports at Cairnryan.
An Initial-Appraisal report will be produced which will include recommendations setting out possible transport interventions which will be considered through the second Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR2).