Perth and North Perthshire MP, Pete Wishart, has called for Perth and Kinross Council to listen to community concerns about the state of Perthshire’s roads ahead of a possible influx of extra motorists on the county’s road network. Heart 200 is expected to encourage a greater number of vehicles onto the road network in Perthshire, Stirlingshire and the Trossachs National Park. Many of these roads are very narrow and residents have raised concerns about the quality of the existing roads before the expected increase in traffic.
Speaking today (Thursday 30th May), Mr Wishart said:
“I obviously welcome the contribution that our tourism sector makes in Perthshire, but I do share the valid concerns raised by residents and business owners who are worried about the impact that excess traffic will have on the roads network.
“The idea behind Heart 200 is clearly well-intentioned but I really think that Perth and Kinross Council should have rectified road issues and put this out to consultation with residents before promoting the route.
“We know that whilst the North Coast 500 has been successful in attracting tourists, there have been a number of unaddressed issues with traffic management and a reduction in guests wishing to stay more than one night in a particular location.
“I know that Perth and Kinross Council have said they will act on any road repairs that are reported to them but many of these roads are very narrow and have ill-defined passing places and road edges. Fixing that is a much bigger task than filling in a few potholes.
“I just hope that should anything of this nature be considered in the future, that communities are properly consulted before action is taken.”