MSP ‘delighted’ Dumfries to be signposted from northbound M74

MSP Joan McAlpine has welcomed the decision to include Dumfries on northbound signage on the M74.


The SNP MSP met with Transport Scotland bosses last month – where plans to update motorway signs to include Dumfries, Ecclefechan and other towns in the region before the end of the financial year were unveiled.


But Ms McAlpine wrote to Transport Scotland following the meeting to ask that Dumfries be included on the northbound signs – which was not part of the original plan.


The transport body agreed, and Ms McAlpine has said she is delighted that the ‘Queen of the South’ will now be on the map.


Commenting, she said: 


“It is great news that Transport Scotland plan to add more of the region’s towns to signs on the motorway – I have no doubt that this will increase visitor numbers and be a real boon to the local economy.


“I was even more pleased that they have agreed to include Dumfries on the sign just north of junction 19.


“As the region’s capital, and as ‘Queen of the South’  – Dumfries really does deserve greater recognition, and I think this will encourage more people to drop by and see what the town has to offer.”