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Some progress on the road to improving the A75 and A77

Truck crash on the A77 last year

CAMPAIGNERS are hailing a meeting bringing together key players as a breakthrough in the fight to have the key A75 and A77 roads upgraded. Both roads are vital to to the UK economy as the key links to and from Northern Ireland via the Cairnryan ferries and are the lifeline connections for Wigtownshire. Critics have long said the roads need major upgrades to rid them of accident blackspot and sections more akin to rural backroads than 21st Century highways for high volumes of freight transport. the A77 Action Group say that after nearly four years of campaigning for the upgrading of the A77 and A75 to dual carriageway standard, they feel their campaign has taken another massive step forward. "After strenuous attempts to have the local authorities on both sides of the Irish Sea, the Action Group was delighted to have met with South Ayrshire Council, Dumfries and Galloway Council and Mid and East Antrim Borough Council. Also joining them were a number of South of Scotland MSP's and representatives from Stena and P&O." Speaking after the meeting long-time campaigner, Willie Scobie said “We are delighted with what we have achieved in bringing all the main players to the table all with the same objective of getting both the A77 and A75 upgrades to dual carriageway standards. “The hard work now starts in working with everybody to draw together a lobbying strategy that we can take to both the Scottish and UK Governments.” Another A77 Action Group campaigner, John Campbell, who was also at the meeting, said: “There has never been a more opportune moment for us all to be working together to impress on the two governments the need for investment on the A77 and A75 for the economic recovery of the South West of Scotland. "Of the £10.5 billions of investment in road infrastructure in the past 12 years, only 0.04pc of that investment has come to the South West of Scotland. “All we are asking for is our fair share of investment.” Last summer, thousands of people signed a petition organised by MSP Finlay Carson demanding better maintenance on the roads and the Free press carried a series of stories about readers whose vehicles were damaged by potholes on both trunk roads. Work on bypassing Maybole – for decades a notorious snarl-up on th A77 – has begun but campaigners say the road, particularly south of Girvan still needs serious attention. They also say that the so0called Euroroute A75 is not capable of coping with modern traffic volumes and the sheer size of today's artics.

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