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A75 upgrade to improve road safety

Scotland's Transport Minister, Keith Brown, said that work on the road improvement projects should start in the spring and be completed by 2014.

Below is an outline of the proposed work:

A75 Dunragit Bypass

  • The Dunragit Bypass will improve journey times, operational performance and level of service on the A75, which forms part of the Euro-route for between Europe, Scotland and UK via the ferry terminal Cairnryan.
  • The safety needs of cyclist and pedestrians will be improved with a shared pedestrian/cycleway.
  • HGV traffic will be removed from the village which has a 40mph speed limit.

A75 Hardgrove

  • The A75 Hardgrove to Kinmount scheme will deliver a new 3.6km stretch providing overtaking facilities in both directions.
  • Improving the performance and safety on the stretch of road, increase the number of overtaking opportunities and cater better for the needs of cyclists and pedestrians.

Winning bidders for A75 improvements to be revealed

Scotland's Transport Minister Keith Brown is due to announce the contractors selected to take forward three major road schemes in the South West of Scotland.

Over £36 million is being invested in upgrading two stretches of the A75, at Hardgrove and at Dunragit, and on a scheme to improve the A77.

There have been repeated calls for improvements on the road between Hardgrove and Kinmount section, following a series of accidents, including one which claimed a baby's life.

A local newspaper campaign gathered more than 4,000 signatures on a petition seeking an upgrade.

Mr Brown described the A75 as a lifeline for south-west Scotland, highlighting its importance as a main route to the ferry terminal at Cairnryan.

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A75 baby death case: Man jailed

A 62 year old man has been handed a 16 month prison sentence for causing the death of a baby in a crash on the A75.

Thomas Black from Gretna will only serve 12 months because he pleaded guilty of causing the death by careless driving at an earlier hearing.

18 day old Oliver Hewson was in a car being driven by his mother when it was hit by a car being driven by Thomas Black.

The car spun out of control into the path of another vehicle and baby Oliver died as a result.

Black admitted driving at excessive and inappropriate speeds for the road layout.

He failed to keep a proper lookout and did not notice Suzanne Hewson's car waiting to turn right into a minor road.

He admitted failing to brake or take any evasive action in time to avoid colliding with the vehicle and causing it to spin across the carriageway into the path of an oncoming vehicle.

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Man who caused death of baby due to be sentenced

A 62 year old man who admitted causing the death of a baby by careless driving on the A75 is expected to be sentenced.

18 day old Oliver Hewson was in a car being driven by his mother when it was hit by a car being driven by Thomas Black form Gretna.

The car spun out of control into the path of another vehicle and Baby Oliver died as a result.

Black admitted driving at excessive and inappropriate speeds for the road layout.

He failed to keep a proper lookout and did not notice Suzanne Hewson's car waiting to turn right into a minor road.

He admitted failing to brake or take any evasive action in time to avoid colliding with the vehicle and causing it to spin across the carriageway into the path of an oncoming vehicle.

The sheriff told Black he was banned from driving and said:

"The court will be considering a sentence of imprisonment."

– Sheriff George Jamieson

A75 closed for 5 hours between Annan and Dumfries

The A75 is currently closed between Annan and Dumfries and is expected to remain closed for up to five hours, after a road accident early this morning.

The westbound diversion route is via A75 at Ladyfield, onto the B7020 to Dalton and Lochmaben, onto the A709 and then to the A75 at Dumfries.

The eastbound diversion is the reverse route.

Police are asking motorists to avoid the area if possible.

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