West of Scotland Labour MSP Margaret McDougall today welcomed Kenneth Gibson committing this SNP Government to building the Dalry bypass. In a recent article in The Addrossan and Saltcoats Herald Mr Gibson is quoted as saying, “The Dalry bypass will be built– and it will be built by this SNP Government.”
McDougall said; “I would certainly welcome it if the A737 is upgraded by the end of this government’s term in 2016.”
“However, he then contradicts himself by saying the bypass is included in projects to be scheduled for 2012-2022 and that the exact timetable is not known and won’t be until the Forth Road Bridge is “dealt with”. Yes, Mr Gibson that is where your priorities lie, with the Forth Road Bridge, when North Ayrshire has a “claimant count” unemployment figure of 6.3%, the highest in Scotland and the second highest youth unemployment in Scotland.”
“Could it be that Mr Gibson is thinking of his next election manifesto when he says the Dalry bypass will be built by this government?”
It would seem that currently the SNPs priorities are for areas further east like the new Forth Road Bridge where they are planning on spending £200 million in 2011/12 and this is only set to further increase in the coming years.
While The Strategic Transport Projects Review which reviewed the benefits to upgrading the A737 claimed that it would be of good economic benefit to the North Ayrshire and the surrounding area.
McDougall stated; “The SNP can whine and moan about the Labour party and the Tories all they want but the reality is they have been in government in Scotland for over 4 years, it’s time to stop blaming everyone else and take responsibility for their own actions.”
“People in North Ayrshire want to benefit from an upgraded A737 which will give them a fast and safe route into Glasgow and beyond it would also open up employment opportunities and increase their life chances.”
“I will certainly be doing everything I can to have the A737 upgraded to benefit the residents of North Ayrshire and I am willing to work with Mr Gibson to that effect.”