South Scotland MSP and Scottish Labour’s Transport Spokesperson Colin Smyth has welcomed the news that work has been completed to reroute a section of the A76 at Enterkinfoot away from an unstable embankment- removing “temporary” traffic lights from the road for the first time in five years.


Colin Smyth at New A76

The new stretch of road opened to the public at the weekend. However, the local MSP warned that simply moving a stretch of the road a few yards was no substitute for proper investment in Scotland’s “forgotten road” to make it safer and to cut journey times, including adding more passing places.

Colin Smyth said, “To say this completed work is long overdue would be a major understatement. We have just marked the fifth anniversary of so-called temporary traffics lights being placed on the road, which reduced what is supposed to be a trunk road to a single lane. It really is quite shocking that it has taken so long to carry out what is ultimately a repair job. There will be a sigh of relief that the temporary lights have gone and the road is safer because it has been moved away from the embankment. However, I travelled the road several times at the weekend and although a couple of bends have been removed, there is no gain as far as journey times are concerned as the short stretch of road remains single carriageway in both direction”.

“As far as a road improvements are concerned this is a very modest spend. It is no substitute for proper investment to add passing lanes to properly upgrade what has become Scotland’s forgotten road. Without that investment communities in upper Nithsdale are going to continue to struggle to attract employers into the area”.