Joan McAlpine and Aileen McLeod Welcome £38 Million Investment in Road Schemes

South of Scotland MSPs Joan McAlpine and Aileen McLeod have today welcomed the news that a bumper package of investment worth £36.73 million for the area’s roads will hit the ground running when three major schemes get underway in the coming months. 

Transport Scotland has announced today its intention to award the contracts for the A77 Symington to Bogend Toll Improvements, A75 Dunragit Bypass and the A75 Hardgrove Improvement schemes imminently.

Subject to the mandatory standstill period RJ McLeod (Contractor) Ltd will undertake the A77 scheme and A75 Dunragit Bypass, while work on the A75 Hardgrove scheme will be carried out by McLaughlin and Harvey Ltd.

Commenting, Ms McAlpine, who persistently lobbied for the Hardgrove to Kinmount upgrade following a tragic accident last year, said:

“I am delighted with this morning’s announcement. In spite of the massive cuts to Scotland’s capital budget, the SNP Scottish Government have proven their commitment to Dumfries and Galloway.

She added:

“These upgrades are expected to begin in the next few months, and be completed in 2014.  The Hardgrove and Kinmount upgrade will deliver a new 3.6km stretch providing overtaking facilities in both directions.

“This should massively improve safety on this stretch of the road, where too many accidents have happened in the past.  On top of this, the upgrade will also enhance journey times, helping to boost the local economy and make Dumfries and Galloway a more attractive option for leisure and tourism”

Dr McLeod said:

“The Dunragit by-pass is a vital and long-awaited upgrade to the A75. It will by-pass not only the village of Dunragit with its 40 mph speed limit but also the Challoch railway bridge, which is another bottleneck on the route, both the low bridge itself and the bad bends to get under it.

“With the completion of this upgrade in 2014, the regular closures of the road due to a high vehicle striking the bridge, which have been an all too regular occurrence, will be a thing of the past. New safe overtaking opportunities will also be provided.

“This announcement is confirmation that, far from shelving these important projects as Labour and Tory members alleged, the Scottish Government was always committed to keeping its promise and delivering them as soon as the money could be found.”

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