The A702 is an important route linking Edinburgh with the main north-south M74, and is used by many constituents travelling between Biggar and Abington, as well as school, local and regional bus services.

However it has been allowed to deteriorate into a poor condition, quite unacceptable for a rural trunk road carrying large amounts of traffic and such a vital route through Clydesdale.

BEAR is responsible for its upkeep, and I am calling on them to take urgent action to improve the poor quality of the road surface. Unless this busy road is adequately maintained its present poor surface will simply deteriorate further, ultimately costing the tax payer more.

The Scottish construction economy desperately needs a kick start, but the SNP appear to be dragging their feet despite having the cash to plough into projects. One such “shovel ready” scheme which could almost start tomorrow is the proposed A702 improvements at Candy Mill.

I have been calling for these improvements for some time and again call on the Scottish Government to start this long overdue and much needed project as soon as possible. Not only would this push cash into the struggling industry, but satisfy local demands for these improvements.