Improving public transport and road links

A good public transport network is essential here in Dumfriesshire. That means addressing shortfalls in the current bus network and building on recent local efforts to improve rail links from Dumfries, Lockerbie, Annan and Gretna; as well as campaigning for the re-opening of Beattock, Eastriggs and Thornhill Stations.

These links open up employment and social opportunities not just locally but in our major cities. They also ensure that elderly and disabled residents can access the services they need.

This is a top priority for me and I look forward to working with local people and organisations to highlight these concerns in the Scottish Parliament.

I also believe that the absence of a reliable and strategic link between Dumfries town and the M74 Motorway is holding back our local economy and is the main reason we have struggled to attract inward private investment into our region. Having spoken to thousands of local people on the doorstep, I am strongly of the view that developing and upgrading the A75 is the best option moving forward. I will continue to use opportunities at Holyrood to raise this issue and keep up the pressure on the SNP Scottish Government to invest in the A75 and other key local routes.

The issues on the A76, A7 and A701 as well as on many local roads are also key campaign issues for me and are regularly raised by constituents.