Wed 5 Aug, 2020

Scottish Greens Transport Spokesperson John Finnie MSP has called on the Scottish Government to stop neglecting Argyll and demanded a radical rethink on how the Scottish Government’s transport budget is spent after yet more landslips at the Rest and Be Thankful. 

The Highlands and Islands MSP made the call following the most recent incident of large, multiple landslips blocking not only the vital A83 into Cowal, Mid Argyll, and beyond, but also the Old Military Road typically used as a diversion during previous incidents. 

John Finnie MSP said: 

“There is a £3 billion backlog on road maintenance, £1.8m is for trunk routes the Scottish Government is directly responsible for. Yet, rather than maintain these roads, the Scottish Government charges blindly on spending £6 billion on dualling two roads, encouraged all the way by the other opposition parties. 

“On behalf of my constituents in Argyll, I say ‘enough is enough’.   

“The Scottish Government must urgently rejig its roads budget and provide Argyll respite from a 60-mile diversion I wager would not be acceptable anywhere outwith the Highlands.”

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