Date lodged: 30 August 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made to improve links between Dumfries and the M74.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 25 September 2018
Since 2007 the Scottish Government has invested £75 million in road maintenance along the A75 and £13 million on the A701. Approximately £11 million has also been invested in the A75 Hardgrove to Kinmount project to improve overtaking opportunities and remove known pinch points. Transport investment has to be supported by robust evidence and that is why the 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 and will also consider the rationale for improving how Dumfries is connected to the M74.
This study will provide recommendations setting out options for transport interventions which will be considered through the second Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR2).