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