DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY TRANSPORT SUMMIT

> DEPUTY FIRST MINISTER TO CHAIR SUMMIT TO TAKE FORWARD TRANSPORT PLANS
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> If re-elected an SNP Government will hold a Dumfries & Galloway Transport Summit within its first 100 days, Deputy First Minister John Swinney has announced.
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> The party feels that further improving transport links across the region will boost the local economy, safeguard and create jobs, as well reducing journey times for locals and visitors alike.
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> In its manifesto the party has committed to numerous Dumfries and Galloway transport developments including further improvements to the A75, exploring how to better connect Dumfries and the M74, improvements to the A77 to facilitate better and faster links to the Cairnryan ferry terminal and prioritising improvements to the A7.
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> Commenting on the SNP’s plans for a Dumfries and Galloway Transport Summit, Deputy First Minister, John Swinney, said:
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> “The SNP want to grow the economy of every area of Scotland and our Dumfries and Galloway team have continually made the compelling case that to grow the Dumfries and Galloway economy and create new jobs we need further improvements to the region’s transport infrastructure.
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> “That is why the SNP, if re-elected to Government, will hold a Dumfries and Galloway Transport Summit within 100 days of re-election – to take forward the plans set out in our manifesto.”
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> Aileen McLeod, SNP candidate for Galloway and West Dumfries said:
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> “The A75 corridor is vital for Dumfries and Galloway, and the SNP has made a manifesto commitment to make further improvements to it, as well as take forward a range of other transport improvements across the region, including to the A77, which will benefit those travelling between Wigtownshire and the central belt. By setting out plans for a Dumfries and Galloway Transport Summit within the first 100 days of re-election we are re-emphasising the priority we are giving to this issue. Only by making it both votes SNP can you ensure transport improvements in Dumfries and Galloway are top of the next Scottish Government’s agenda.”

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