Future proposals for South West transport
Draft proposals for the future of transport in the South West of Scotland have been published today, giving local people and interested parties the opportunity to have their say as part of the consultation process.
Twenty-three potential options for further consideration have been put forward in the South West Scotland Transport Study. The intention is for all of these to be appraised further at a national level as part of the second Strategic Transport Projects Review.
The proposed options include enhanced rail services and the development of the active travel network in the area. Significant upgrades to the A75 and A77 to improve connectivity to the ports at Cairnryan have also been recommended as well upgrades to the A76 and to transport hubs in towns like Dumfries, Stranraer and Lockerbie.
Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson said:
“We understand the importance of connectivity for the South West of Scotland and extensive stakeholder engagement and data gathering has taken place during this study to help us develop a good understanding of the issues and opportunities for strategic transport links across all modes.
“The draft report will now be available for eight weeks to allow all those with an interest to provide comments on it. Following this, the emerging recommendations will be considered as part of the nationwide Strategic Transport Projects Review which will set out future transport infrastructure investment priorities.
“We have already had valuable local input into the Study with more than 3000 people contributing and we will keep them updated as work progresses.”