CLYDESDALE MP David Mundell has backed efforts to make approach roads to iconic Tinto Hill safer for visitors.
He has written letters of support for a package of measures being sought by community councillors at nearby Thankerton.
It follows a substantial increase in walkers taking in the fresh air and views from the landmark hill in the weeks since Covid-19 lockdown was lifted.
As a result the small car park near the foot of the hill has been overflowing with vehicles parked randomly on nearby roads, including the busy A73 Lanark to Abington route.
The MP held discussions on Friday with Thankerton community council chairman Barry Knock and local South Lanarkshire Council member Alex Allison at Tinto Hill Tearoom crossroads.
They watched as a local authority team put down yellow lines on the A73 to discourage further parking by visitors on the accident blackspot stretch.
Mr Mundell confirmed he was writing to the council and transport authority supporting efforts to secure tourism grant funding for a significant extension of the existing car park.
He also backs community council requests for a suitably located bus stop to encourage use of public transport and the provision of stop signs and markings at the junction with the main road.
Mr Mundell said: "In one respect I'm delighted more people are enjoying exercise and fresh air in our countryside but they really must act responsibly and think of others.
"There have been accidents near Tinto and we certainly do not want any more with up to 2000 visitors estimated to be going on the hill some days.
"The community council's ideas are very well thought out and sensible and I've assured Barry I will help in any way I can."