McMillan welcomes improvements following Transport Scotland drive-around

Stuart McMillan MSP has welcomed several improvements that have taken place in Inverclyde following his drive-around with Transport Scotland in September 2019, which highlighted numerous issues transport issues locally.

The local SNP MSP hosted senior officials from Transport Scotland and Scotland Transerv for a tour around Inverclyde highlighting 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 to share the concerns of local businesses in regards to the A78 and A8 roads into and throughout Inverclyde.

In the four months that have passed since the drive-around, Transerv Scotland have completed: road sweeping, gully cleaning, weed removal and spraying, refurbished line markings and road studs, sign cleaning, the removal of illegal signs, cutting back of overgrown vegetation, and the removal of large objects/redundant equipment.

This work included cutting back the vegetation at Newark Roundabout, which constituents had raised with Stuart.

Category 1 repairs – which rectify the worst defects – have been carried out at the South Street Roundabout and a resurfacing scheme is included in next year’s construction programme. The traffic light signals at the Green Oak Bar on the A78 will also be assessed in the coming months.

Scotland Transerv have also confirmed that they are reviewing the GPS linkage in place along the A8 traffic lights, with the view to undertake a feasibility study to inform Transport Scotland’s solutions to this issue.

Pottery Street up to Bogston, along with stretches of the A8 dual carriageway, are to be resurfaced ahead of the summer.

Commenting, Stuart said:

“Constituents frequently contact me about the condition of the trunk road network in Inverclyde, so I find myself in regular dialogue with Transport Scotland.

“I am determined to work with the relevant transport agencies to improve our local infrastructure and believe that inviting officials to the area to show them the issues I have been raising helps emphasis why transport issues locally are a priority.

“This was the second drive-around I had organised as it is a positive way forward for securing investment in our transport infrastructure, but is also an effective way of representing the interests of my constituents and local businesses.

“We need to grow our population and adequate transport infrastructure goes a long way to making Inverclyde an even more attractive place to live – as if our stunning views and excellent schools weren’t convincing enough.

“Making Inverclyde more accessible also supports economic growth, as businesses want to make sure that customers and suppliers can reach them and vice versa.

“I will continue to work with Transport Scotland to make sure Inverclyde’s trunk road network is the best it can be, while keeping pressure on the agency for investment into other alternatives, such as a bypass.”

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