On Friday 20 September, Stuart McMillan MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde hosted senior officials from Transport Scotland and Scotland Transerv for a tour around Inverclyde to highlight a variety of issues regarding the local trunk roads.
Ian Moffat, Managing Director of ARC Fleet Services, attended on behalf of Inverclyde Chamber of Commerce at the invite of the local MSP to share the concerns of local businesses in regards to the A78 and A8 roads into and throughout Inverclyde.
Commenting, Stuart said:
“Constituents and local businesses regularly contact my office about the condition of the roads coming into and throughout Inverclyde. Following on from a similar drive-around last summer, I wanted to organise another one this year to further show transport officials exactly what the issues are in person.
“The drive-around highlighted the number of traffic lights and signal sequences on the approach from Port Glasgow to the Bull Ring roundabout in Greenock, and from a commerce point of view, the additional delays businesses incur to cover these three miles. This is not helpful for attracting new business development into the area and affects productivity.
“I’m grateful to Transport Scotland and Transerv Scotland for coming to Inverclyde and taking part in the drive-around, and I’m pleased that Ian was able to represent and share the views of local businesses at the meeting.
“Engagements like this are beneficial for everyone involved, and I’m confident that we will start to see improvements to the points highlighted in the coming months that will have the desired effects for both businesses and residents in Inverclyde.”
Other areas highlighted during the drive-around included:
- The approach and general poor road condition at Newark roundabout;
- The overgrown foliage on Newark roundabout which is severely limiting the vision of cars headed towards Clune Brae Road;
- The notorious flood site of East Hamilton Street, and its impact and overall disruption to the local economy and residents;
- Overloading of minor routes through built up areas, where drivers try to find alternative routes, creating gridlock during peak times;
- The short notice for road works and utility works being advised with 14 days’ notice, with a request for this to be extended to 60 days to enable better logistical planning;
Roadworks that can be discriminating against bus users and for those that have no choice in how they travel; and
- Winter gritting at the Valley Park junction in Inverkip, where tailbacks and accidents are common with fears raised that the road is not gritted as regularly as it could be.
The meeting concluded with all parties agreeing to continue to speak regularly and share further concerns as and why they arise.