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Upgrading port roads is a ferry good idea

There is a growing concern across the North Channel that the viability of the Cairnryan/Larne and the Cairnryan/Belfast routes are being put at risk by the continued lack of investment in the roads infrastructure serving the Loch Ryan ports, compared to the improvements being made to the northern English and Welsh ports' infrastructure.

Both Stena Line and P&O have raised these concerns both publicly and to the Scottish government in a series of meetings on the issue.

I myself am involved with the two pressure groups that are fighting for road upgrades to the A75 and the A77, connecting the North Channel ferry routes with England and the Scottish central belt respectively.

These groups - Dual the A75 and the A77 Action Group - have a petition being heard at Holyrood tomorrow and have made some very promising progress so far, but there is a lot more to do.

This is an issue that we feel is not only vitally important to south-west Scotland, but also has significant ramifications, socially and economically, to Northern Ireland.

Therefore, I am asking your readers and your politicians and businesspeople to get involved, let the Scottish government know that their decisions on these roads affect lives on the other side of the channel and that investment, or lack thereof, impacts your communities as well.

I am particularly keen for your politicians to get in contact and meet with me at the Dual the A75 group about these issues.

MATT HALLIDAY

Stranraer

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