Con­cern over A75 clo­sures

MSP raises ques­tions about Ramhill works

The Galloway News - - NEWS - Stu­art Gille­spie

Roads bosses have been crit­i­cised for plans to close the A75 for five nights.

The main road will be shut at the Ramhill, Cas­tle Dou­glas, from 7pm un­til 6am from Sun­day un­til Fri­day for resur­fac­ing.

Cars and lor­ries will be di­verted through Haugh of Urr.

That has prompted Gal­loway and West Dum­fries MSP Fin­lay Car­son to ques­tion whether a full clo­sure is re­ally needed and if the de­tour route is ap­pro­pri­ate.

He said: “While I am al­ways pleased to see main­te­nance work done, I am con­cerned that this will cause un­nec­es­sary dis­rup­tion to villagers on the di­ver­sion route.

“Sim­i­lar works have pre­vi­ously been done un­der a con­voy sys­tem, so I see no rea­son why this can­not be done this time as well.

“Res­i­dents have al­ready raised con­cerns over these full clo­sures with me and, if there is no al­ter­na­tive, Trans­port Scot­land must put in calm­ing mea­sures to al­le­vi­ate the fears of villagers.”

Andy Fraser from Transerv, which is re­spon­si­ble for main­tain­ing the road, said: “The A75 is an im­por­tant eco­nomic artery wi t h many com­mu­ni­ties and busi­nesses along the route.

“This work has been sched­uled to be de­liv­ered with max­i­mum effi- ciency and min­i­mal dis­rup­tion.”

Transerv’s net­work area man­ager Michael Pa­gan added: “This is an im­por­tant pro­gramme of work which has been sched­uled in con­sul­ta­tion with lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, emer­gency ser­vices and stake­hold­ers.

“We are mak­ing ev­ery ef­fort to keep dis­rup­tion to com­mu­ni­ties and busi­nesses to an ab­so­lute min­i­mum while this is un­der­taken.

“Fol­low­ing a pro­longed win­ter, with re­peated freeze-thaw cy­cles, the car­riage­way has de­te­ri­o­rated.

“We have worked to sched­ule the pro­gramme out­with the busy sum­mer and school hol­i­days. Ac­cess will be main­tained for emer­gency ser­vice ve­hi­cles.”

Voic­ing fears Fin­lay Car­son MSP

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