M77 (Barrhead)

Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions – in the Scottish Parliament at 11:40 am on 1st February 2007.

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Photo of Kenneth Macintosh Kenneth Macintosh Labour 11:40 am, 1st February 2007

To ask the Scottish Executive what action is being taken to upgrade junction 4 on the M77 to improve access to Barrhead. (S2O-11875)

Photo of George Lyon George Lyon Liberal Democrat

Transport Scotland has been in discussion with East Renfrewshire Council about the possibility of upgrading this junction to provide south-facing slip roads.

Transport Scotland has asked East Renfrewshire Council to undertake an appraisal and will continue to work with the council to determine whether the need for the improvement is justified.

Photo of Kenneth Macintosh Kenneth Macintosh Labour

As well as the benefits to the wider area offered by a new park-and-ride at junction 4, is the minister aware of the advantages that a new junction would give to the regeneration of the town of Barrhead? Direct access to the motorway network would attract jobs and businesses and would bring prosperity to the wider area. Will the minister ensure that improvements to the junction will be considered in the strategic transport projects review?

Photo of George Lyon George Lyon Liberal Democrat

I am well aware of the arguments that Mr Macintosh has made in favour of this improvement. As I said, East Renfrewshire Council has been asked to prepare an appropriate appraisal. I understand that once an appraisal under Scottish transport appraisal guidance has been carried out, I would of course be able to assure the member that the project would be considered as part of the strategic transport projects review.