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Links Importance Acknowledged
that more money could be made available for upgrading the
roads to the Lochryan ferry ports have come from a senior
Scottish Executive Minister.
Minister Iain Gray, in Cairnryan on Wednesday for the naming
of the new P&O ship European Highlander, claimed
the executive did recognise the importance of the ports.
pointed out that £33 million had been allocated to both
the A77 and A75 roads in the current upgrade programme. And,
acknowledge more still has to be done and the place to take
these discussions forward is the North Channel Partnership".
Gray, who had his ear bent publicly by P&O Ferries chairman
Graeme Dunlop on the question of roads investment, said he
had anticipated that a visit by a Minister to a ferry operator
in this part of the country would not pass without mention
of the roads links
is not the time, or the place to fully address the issue,
but I think I do want to emphasise we are also committed
to improving both the A75 and A77 roads", he continued.
"We do recognise the importance of the Lochryan ferry
added that he was very well aware that good transport links
were crucial to the economies of both Scotland and Northern