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Jackie Grant

Essential Dumfries and Galloway Road "littered with massive potholes"

An essential road that connects Upper Nithsdale to the M74 “is littered with massive potholes”.

Frustrated residents claim the state the B740 near Sanquhar shows a “whole new level of neglect” by Dumfries and Galloway Council.

They are convinced that after years of complaints, the treacherous route will be left unmaintained until a fatal accident occurs.

Campaigner Campbell Seaton started up a Facebook group – B740 dangerous road – in a bid to warn drivers of the dangers of travelling on it.

He said: “I’m aware the council has limited funds but are they waiting for someone to die?

“I’ve never seen anything like it.

“This is a whole new level of neglect.

“The road is littered with massive potholes, temporary traffic lights, concrete and iron railings long destroyed and not replaced, long stretches without verge or embankments and recent flooding and landslides have made it lethal.

“Dumfries and Galloway Council and its councillors should hang their heads in shame at letting it get to this state.”

Over the eight years he has lived in the area, Mr Seaton has regularly helped people when their cars or motorbikes have hit potholes and they’ve had no mobile signal to call for help.

An HGV driver lost control and demolished Mr Seaton’s stonedyke wall, narrowly missing ending up in the garden.

He added: “Part of the embankment is severely compromised and watching the articulated trucks and speeding morning traffic navigate each other is
heart-in-mouth stuff.

“There’s no traffic calming measures including signs and I can’t believe that nothing has been done to repair a road that is now not fit for purpose.

“It is seen as an essential connecting road to local people and businesses and it’s essential that it is open and accessible.

“But for us, the people that live on this road, there is so much more at stake. We all have families, children, pets.

“We have no alternative, but to use this road and most of us multiple times

“It has now become unfit for purpose but yet trucks constantly trundle over a road that is so eroded, so potholed that it is now lethal.”

The council was approached for comment.

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