ONE of Scotland’s most remote areas is in danger of becoming the country’s forgotten corner.

Locals claim Wigtownshire in the southwest has been “deliberately ignored” with residents fearing that nothing will be done to improve the dismal situation.

Former First Minister Alex Salmond once told the region it would receive investment in roads, rail and regeneration.

But by 2011, ferries to Ireland no longer operated from Stranraer, the largest town in the region and had been moved eight miles up the coast to Cairnryan.

The last train left Stranraer in September last year and carriages parked at the terminal were removed in February as the future of the rural route, which once had five direct services to Glasgow a day, remains uncertain.

Residents of the once bustling seaside peninsula complain about being “forgotten about” as the region is now left without a train line after being snubbed for road upgrades by the Scottish Government.

Ideas to rejuvenate the town have ranged from plans for a super casino to converting an abandoned lorry park into a waterfront heritage centre – neither of which have happened.

Locals warn nothing will improve until the creaking infrastructure is upgraded to deal with the freight traffic from the port of Cairnryan.

Finlay Carson is MSP for Galloway and West Dumfriesshire and has campaigned for greater connectivity through his political career.

But he argued issues for Wigtownshire are not only forgotten but deliberately ignored.

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