Road Safety (M74 Junction 21)

– in the Scottish Parliament on 25th May 2017.

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Photo of Oliver Mundell Oliver Mundell Conservative

3. To ask the Scottish Government what steps are being taken to improve safety at the junction 21 slip road on the M74 where it joins the B7076. (S5O-01031)

Photo of Fergus Ewing Fergus Ewing Scottish National Party

Of course safety is our top priority, and we take our obligations seriously. Following concerns that were raised by Kirkpatrick Fleming and district community council about the safety of the junction, a comprehensive safety review was carried out. Although the review concluded that the junction layout, road traffic signs and road markings were appropriate and complied with current design standards, refurbishment of the road markings at the junction and the road traffic signs was completed in October 2016, and additional signage enhancements have recently been carried out.

Photo of Oliver Mundell Oliver Mundell Conservative

I thank the cabinet secretary for that answer. However, given on-going community concerns and a number of serious near-misses at the junction, will the Scottish Government commit to sending Transport Scotland officials down to look at the site and to meet representatives of the local community councils?

Photo of Fergus Ewing Fergus Ewing Scottish National Party

I am informed that in the last three full calendar years there were two slight personal injury accidents on the B7076 at the bottom of the junction 21 northbound off-slip from the M74, both of which took place in 2015. I am, of course, happy for Oliver Mundell to make representations to my colleague Mr Yousaf, who is, primarily, dealing with the matter. Should he wish to make such representations, they will be taken—as they always are—very seriously indeed.

However, it is not unreasonable to make the point that it is the responsibility of every driver to observe safe driving practice; the prime responsibility must always rest with every single one of us to ensure that we drive safely on our roads.