Oliver hits out at costs of 'temporary' lights on A76

Dumfriesshire MSP Oliver Mundell has slammed the Scottish Government for wasting over £100,000 of taxpayers money on 'temporary' traffic lights on the A76.

Mr Mundell revealed the figures after pressing Transport Minister Humza Yousaf to be transparent with locals over how much has been wasted on the lights over the last three years.

To Mr Mundell's astonishment, £50,000 has been spent in each of the last two years following £19,000 being spent on the lights in 2014/15.

That has led Mr Mundell to hit out at the Scottish Government for wasting taxpayer money while not outlining any sort of plan to fully re-open the route.

Commenting Oliver Mundell MSP said: "These figures will come as a huge source of anger and disappointment to locals who have had to put up with three years of misery on the A76.

"It beggars belief that £50,000 is being spent on keeping these lights on when all the residents want to see is the road fully repaired.

"Instead of wasting taxpayers cash, why doesn't Humza Yousaf outline a plan to fully re-open this route and deliver a much needed economic boost to Upper Nithsdale.

"With no end in sight or a plan to re-open the route anytime soon, it is time the Scottish Government put the brakes on frittering away vast amount of cash each year on 'temporary' lights."

Notes to editors:

The question from Oliver Mundell relating to Enterkinfoot is below along with Humza Yousaf's response.

9 October 2017

Index Heading: Transport Scotland

Oliver Mundell (Dumfriesshire) (Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party): To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answers to questions S5W-10755 and S5W-11223 by Humza Yousaf on 11 and 26 September 2017 respectively, whether it will provide an estimate of the costs associated with the deployment of traffic management at Enterkinfoot on the A76 in each of the last three years.

S5W-11550

Humza Yousaf:

The approximate amounts spent on temporary lights at Enterkinfoot in each of the last three financial years are as follows:

 

£19,000 in 2014-15

£49,725 in 2015-16

£49,725 in 2016-17