Group working for better road

From left: joint vice-chair Councillor Gordon Edgar, secretary Marjorie McCreadie, transpor tminister Humza Yousif, MP Calum Kerr and joint vice-chair Councillor Denis Male ( Dumfries and Galloway Council).
From left: joint vice-chair Councillor Gordon Edgar, secretary Marjorie McCreadie, transpor tminister Humza Yousif, MP Calum Kerr and joint vice-chair Councillor Denis Male ( Dumfries and Galloway Council).

The A7 Action Group has met Scottish transport minister Humza Yousaf at Holyrood to put its case for improvements to the road.

The group – which has been fighting for the upgrading of the A7 trunk road between Carlisle and Edinburgh since 1990 – consisted of joint vice-chairmen Dennis Male, of Dumfries and Galloway Council, and Gordon Edgar, of Scottish Borders Council, secretary Marjorie McCreadie and Borders MP Calum Kerr.

The group launched its route action plan in October last year, with a Selkirk bypass beingone of the priorities, and that was discussed by the group.

However, there were other issues along the route that Mrs McCreadie said she hoped would be addressed.

The action group believes that improved transport infrastructure would give the region a significant economic boost.

Mrs McCreadie said: “We have waited to meet the transport minister for a long time, so it is wonderful that it has finally happened.

“It was a very successful meeting in which many points were raised.”