SNP MSP Joan McAlpine has welcomed the launch of an online survey by Transport Scotland to garner views on transport investment in south west Scotland.
Transport Scotland want to hear the opinions of people living or working in the south west of Scotland on the problems and opportunities for the transport network in region. The survey is part of the work going on to produce a South West Scotland Transport Study which is considering possible improvements to road, rail, public transport and active travel on key strategic corridors in the region
Ms. McAlpine commented:
“Good transport links are fundamental to the growth and prosperity of any region. This survey presents an excellent opportunity for the people of the south west to have their voice heard on a matter which impacts their daily lives.
“I would encourage all interested parties to participate in the survey. Constructive engagement with the people in the region is the best way to ensure we get a transport network that works for everyone.”
Following 2016’s Transport Summit in Dumfries, the MSP has continued to push the case for improvements to local transport, including raising the issue in Parliament, and submitting to the Scottish Government’s National Transport Strategy review. The National Transport Strategy Review will help inform which projects will be included in the the Strategic Transport Projects review – a document that will outline the government’s transport priorities over the next 20 years.
Cllr Stephen Thompson said:
“The SNP, as part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council administration, have made it a priority to lobby for strategic investment for the A75, A76, A77 and for better road links from Dumfries to the A74(M), as well as examining the case for re-opening Beattock Station. This is a timely survey and the Council’s Environment, Economy and Infrastructure Committee will be receiving a report on the progress with lobbying at the November committee.
Participants have until the 14th of November 2018 to respond to the survey.