Exception to be made on M8 and M9 following MSP’s campaign
Lothian MSP Gordon Lindhurst has expressed his delight after receiving confirmation that the Scottish Korean War Memorial in Bathgate can be fully signposted from major trunk roads.
The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP, had raised the issue with SNP Transport Secretary Michael Matheson, after highlighting the matter in the Members Debate he led on the 65th anniversary of the end of the Korean War in Parliament in December 2018.
Mr Matheson has now confirmed to Mr Lindhurst that an exception is to be made to allow signage on the M8 and M9 motorways directing visitors towards the war memorial, as a relaxation to the usual requirements.
The Transport Secretary is set to put plans in place with Transport Scotland for the works to take place, subject to funding arrangements.
Mr Lindhurst says this is a huge boost to raise awareness of the campaign and he is looking forward to the signs being erected encouraging more visitors to the Memorial.
Commenting Gordon Lindhurst MSP said: “I am absolutely delighted that this long campaign to bring more tourists towards the Scottish Korean War Memorial has paid off.
“The memorial in Bathgate pays a fine tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice which I was honoured to highlight in my Members Debate last year.
“With an exception being made to introduce new brown signage on trunk roads, this is a major boost for the region in bringing tourists to the memorial.
“I will continue to work closely with the Scottish Korean War Memorial Trustees and local councillors to ensure that this signage can now be developed as soon as possible, in conjunction with Transport Scotland.”