£36m boost for Scottish roads

06/02/2013
Highways Reporters

Three major road schemes worth £36.73 in south-west Scotland will get underway in the coming months.

Transport Scotland confirmed its intention to award the contracts for the A77 Symington to Bogend Toll Improvements, A75 Dunragit Bypass and the A75 Hardgrove Improvement schemes imminently.

RJ McLeod (Contractor) Ltd will undertake the A77 scheme and A75 Dunragit Bypass, while work on the A75 Hardgrove scheme will be carried out by McLaughlin and Harvey Ltd.

Transport Minister Keith Brown said: “This significant investment in lifeline routes in south-west Scotland worth in total over £36 million, will be welcome news in local communities, and underlines the Scottish Government’s commitment to improving these essential roads.

“The A75 and A77 are of strategic importance as they link to one of Scotland’s key ports at Cairnryan, and our focus is to ensure that all of the economic benefits are felt.  Making Scotland a more attractive option by ensuring strategic traffic like HGVs are better able to carry their goods to and from markets, and making travel to Scotland a more attractive option for leisure and tourism is central to why we are pressing ahead to improve connections on these routes.

“Once complete, the new road improvements will enhance journey time reliability and improve safety on the A75 and A77 while supporting local communities as they go about their business. I look forward to construction getting under way very soon so that road users can begin to feel the significant benefits the schemes will bring.”

 
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