Progress on M74 sig­nage

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - DISTRICT NEWS -

Ben Ra­m­age

A cam­paign to put Dum­fries and Gal­loway towns on mo­tor­way signs has made “sig­nif­i­cant” progress.

An on­line pe­ti­tion, started by a group of Dum­fries busi­ness peo­ple, back­ing the idea for the M74 reached al­most 2,500 sig­na­tures in one week.

And with sup­port from south of Scot­land MSPs Emma Harper and Joan McAlpine, Trans­port Scot­land agreed to add Locker­bie, Ec­cle­fechan and Dum­fries to signs by the end of the fi­nan­cial year.

Robertson Wel­lan, who owns Fer­in­tosh Guest House in Lovers Walk, Dum­fries, one of those driv­ing the pe­ti­tion, was “re­ally happy” with the progress made.

He said: “The idea you get now when driv­ing from Glas­gow to Dum­fries is that there’s noth­ing else in the south of Scot­land.

“There are 24 signs that say Carlisle. We think Dum­fries and Gal­loway is a unique area so we’re def­i­nitely re­ally happy that these towns are go­ing to be put on.”

Mr Wel­lan, who moved from MSPs Joan McAlpine and Emma Harper with Trans­port Scot­land staff Graeme McQuaker, Phil Hich­liffe and Hugh Gil­lies

Cal­i­for­nia 12 years ago to set up his busi­ness, hopes that the Dum­fries and Gal­loway re­gional name is also added.

He went on: “While this is sig­nif­i­cant progress, this is an op­por­tu­nity to get a more lo­cal view for tourists driv­ing north and south so we must grab it and make the most of it. We should be cham­pi­oning this re­gion.”

The MSPs said the move could in­crease vis­i­tor num­bers.

Ms Harper said: “This is great news

that af­ter months of cam­paign­ing, the re­gion will fi­nally be on the road map.

“Signs di­rect­ing peo­ple to Dum­fries and other towns in the re­gion from the mo­tor­way will be a great boost to the lo­cal econ­omy, as it will un­doubt­edly at­tract more vis­i­tors.

Joan McAlpine added: “I’m re­ally pleased the Trans­port Scot­land plan to add more of the re­gion’s towns to signs on the mo­tor­way.

“I have no doubt that the move will in­crease vis­i­tor num­bers and be a real boost to the lo­cal econ­omy.”

Talks

Ap­peal Robertson Wel­lan and Colin McQueen are con­cerned about the lack of sig­nage on the M74 head­ing south from Glas­gow

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