David Stewart MSP

Labour MSP quizzes Transport Minister on Highland Road Improvements

David Stewart, Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, has today been quizzing transport minister Stewart Stevenson on timescales for improving the Highlands roads network.

During general questions in the Scottish Parliament, Mr Stewart, a member of the transport committee, asked about government plans for the dualling the A9 and pressed the minister on the challenges faced – including the difficulty that only a fraction of the land required to carry out the road improvements has been bought.

Following the session Mr Stewart commented:

“While I welcome the minister’s commitment to dualling work on the A9 there is a huge job to be done and it is vital that timescales are firmed up.

“I will be watching how this develops with interest as the improvement of the transport network to the north of Scotland is a very important priority – first and foremost on the grounds of safety and also in the interests of economic development.

“I would urge the minister to remember the bigger picture, both on the roads – we must not forget other key routes like the A96 – and also in speeding up rail journeys from the central belt.

“I have long been calling for important measures like improving signalling, electrification and the creation of double tracks,” he added.

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Written by davidstewart

November 9, 2007 at 9:12 am

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