Minister apologises for study delay

Minister apologises for study delay

Minister apologises for study delay

Dean Lockhart MSP has demanded answers from Transport Scotland following more delays in the release of a feasibility study into junction improvements near Blair Drummond Safari Park.

In response to a parliamentary question asked by the Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP at the Scottish Parliament, Minister Paul Wheelhouse MSP explained that delays in the publication of the study had been caused by new information received by Transport Scotland.

Representatives from across the political spectrum along with community representatives, safari park owners and other stakeholders first met in December 2017 to discuss options to improve the safety of the junction.

The report was promised to the local community in the summer, delayed further until the end of November 2018 and then again until the end of January 2019.

Dean has expressed his disappointment at the ongoing delays to the completion of the study and stated that the frustrations of the local community were growing.

Dean Lockhart MSP said:

‘’I am disappointed that it has taken a parliamentary question to ascertain precise information on the progress of a study which was promised to the community in Summer 2018.

‘’I appreciate the apology of the Minister for these delays, but as we approach the busy summer period traffic in the area will again increase which has the potential to lead to yet more accidents.

‘’Constant delays and promising completion dates which are then not fulfilled is not acceptable.

‘’I will do all I can to continue to press for clarification and will keep the community updated.’’