Petition protest over A76 lights
A petition calling for an end to the temporary traffic lights that have blighted the A76 for three years has been presented to the Transport Minister.
The plea for action to repair a landslip at Enterkinfoot to allow the trunk road to reopen gathered more than 800 signatures in a month.
It was organised by community councillor John Holroyd and last week it was presented to Transport Minister Humza Yousaf by south Scotland MSP Joan McAlpine.
She said: “The traffic lights at Enterkinfoot have been in place for three years now, awaiting a repair to the road.
“The A76 is the main road between Dumfries and Kilmarnock. It is used heavily by lorries, other traffic, as well as young people travelling to school and college. It is clearly not sustainable to have traffic lights in place for this length of time.
“When I spoke to the Transport Minister, I explained that ideally this repair would be done imminently, but if this is not going to happen, an indication from Transport Scotland about a timetable for the repair would at least help allay fears that this is going unnoticed.”
Dumfriesshire MSP Oliver Mundell has called for action on the A76 for several months, and believes there is a “clear bias” towards repairing and investing in trunk roads in the central belt.
He said: “Motorists on the A76 have had over 1,000 days of misery and now we see that it is one of only two major roads in the entire country to have suffered this blight of traffic lights delaying their journeys for over two years.”
Scotland Transerv, responsible for the maintenance of the trunk road network in the region, drafted in engineers to inspect the road following a landslip in 2015.
A Transport Scotland spokesperson said: “We appreciate the desire of the local community for the temporary traffic lights to be removed. This is a priority scheme for Transport Scotland and a substantial programme of work is taking place to enable this to happen.
“Ground investigations were undertaken earlier this year at this difficult site, where the road is supported by steep slopes that lead down to the River Nith.
“The engineering appraisal of the improvement options is ongoing and the outcome from this exercise will enable the scope, form and delivery timeframe for the works to be finalised.”
Petition presented MSP Joan McAlpine with Transport Minister Humza Yousaf