Date lodged: 15 September 2016
To ask the Scottish Government when the A76 between Sanquhar and Thornhill was last open as a two-lane highway without the use of temporary traffic lights.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 29 September 2016
This section of the A76 was last open without temporary traffic lights in mid-September 2014 following landslides. The traffic lights at Auchensell Pool and Enterkinfoot are necessary to maintain the integrity of the road embankments, whilst construction solutions are developed. The remedial works at Auchensell Pool are expected to be delivered before the end of 2016. The solution at Enterkinfoot is more complex and will take longer as ground investigation and geotechnical design has to be completed. Every effort is being made to accelerate this process and we will continue to ensure those affected by the traffic lights are kept aware of progress. This includes through the South West Unit Landslide Action Plan page on Transport Scotland’s website: (http://www.transport.gov.scot/road/maintenance/south-west-unit-landslide-action-plan)