Draft proposals published for south-west Scotland transport improvements

4th July 2019

Draft proposals published for south-west Scotland transport improvements

A set of new draft proposals have been published highlighting the potential for several major upgrades to transport links in south-west Scotland.

In total, 23 options have been released for further consideration as part of the South West Scotland Transport Study.

Plans for major investment in the region

Scotland’s 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.”

Major works now being assessed include upgrades to the A75 and A77 to improve connectivity in the local area, as well as upgrades to the A76 and to transport hubs in towns like Dumfries, Stranraer and Lockerbie.

Mr Matheson added more than 3,000 people have already contributed their ideas to the planned improvements, with Transport Scotland offering regular updates on proposals for all interested parties.

Once the options have been reviewed, all “emerging recommendations” will be considered as part of Scotland’s nationwide Strategic Transport Projects Review.

Ellie Baker, brand manager at FCS Scotland, adds: “Delivering enhanced transport connectivity will provide significant benefits to communities and businesses across south-west Scotland. It’s great to see the ball keeps rolling on transport network upgrades for this important region.”