Trunk road repairs accelerated (1)

An extra £15 million to help strengthen Scotland’s trunk roads and bridges is to see repairs carried-out at more than fifty locations in this financial year.

The investment, which was announced as part of the Programme for Government, is being targeted at the sections of the network that need it most.

The additional resurfacing to address wear and tear on twenty-five routes will address potholes and to reduce the need for more expensive and disruptive major maintenance at a later date.

The A82, A90, M8 and A77 are amongst the roads where the work will be carried-out. The Kincardine Bridge will also benefit with repairs being made to the deck of the approach spans. Parapets will also be repaired on a number of smaller bridges.

Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said:

“Scotland’s trunk roads are one of our largest assets and they are fundamental to our economy, supporting our key industries.

“The Scottish Government has invested more than £6.5bn in the network since 2007 and we are proceeding with major projects like the dualling of the A9 and A96.

“And while our trunk routes remain in overall good condition, it is clear that extra investment could make further improvements.

“We have allocated this additional funding to allow the work to go ahead in this financial year and around fifty extra maintenance projects are being carried out.

“Careful thought has been given about how to get the most out of this new funding and it is being used on projects that will help prolong the life of the network. Our operating companies are making the repairs in addition to the work they already have planned for this year.”

Published 27 Oct 2016