Transport Minister Keith Brown today welcomed the news that the £1.2 million contract to increase the size of the four-leg roundabout and realign some of the approach roads, was completed seven weeks ahead of schedule and on budget.

Keith Brown said:

“Good access for local communities to the new hospital facilities in Dumfries and Galloway will be an essential part of the new health complex.

“It is important that traffic visiting the new Infirmary, where construction starts next year, is managed well and the upgraded roundabout at Garroch will ensure better managed traffic in and out of the new 350-bed infirmary.

“The Scottish Government recognises that the A75 is the key route through Dumfries and Galloway and already this year we have delivered a new £17 million bypass at Dunragit and a £10 million scheme between Hardgrove and Kinmount, improving road safety and improving connectivity through the south of Scotland."

Dennis O'Keeffe, Project Director for the new hospital in Dumfries & Galloway said:

"The Board would like to emphasise the professionalism of Transport Scotland’s Special Projects team for the successful delivery of this project. Furthermore Balfour Beatty’s approach to the delivery and traffic management of this complicated contract has been exemplary. It has been completed ahead of programme and with the highest regard to health and safety, and minimal disruption to the users of this busy route.

“It also reflects well upon the considerable and sustained efforts by the Board, Transport Scotland and Balfour Beatty to consult and engage with local residents and businesses affected by these works, and their consideration of the needs of the travelling public who rely upon the A75."

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Published 21 Oct 2014