South Scotland Labour MSP and Scottish Labour’s Transport Spokesperson Colin Smyth has warned the new Scottish Government Transport Secretary Michael Matheson not to come “empty handed” to a meeting today (Wednesday 22nd August) with MSPs and members of the A77 and A75 Acton groups
The local MSP will be attending the meeting in Stranraer and wants Mr Matheson to set out a clear timetable when announcements will be made on projects to upgrade the region’s trunk roads.
Commenting ahead of the meeting Colin Smyth said, “On his journey to Stranraer Michael Matheson will see for himself at least one of the key trunk roads in the region which are in such a poor state. However, it’s vital that he doesn’t come to the meeting empty handed. It’s not good enough just to hear more warm words from yet another Minister. What we need is a commitment to set out clear projects to upgrade these roads and a timetable of when those projects will be announced. The Government are fully aware of the neglect of the south west of Scotland’s transport infrastructure and the fact we are the forgotten part of Scotland when it comes to investment in our roads. It’s now time for action to address that neglect”.