Cllr David May, Sir Robert Smith MP, Alison MacInnes MSP and Cllr Peter Bellarby
Sir Robert Smith MP and Alison McInnes MSP have called on the Scottish Government to stop dithering and start delivering a solution to the Laurencekirk junction. They recently visited the accident blackspot with Aberdeenshire councillor Peter Bellarby and Angus councillor David May. Plans to the much-needed changes to the road have been repeatedly delayed.
Sir Robert Smith MP commented:
“The North East is the powerhouse of Scotland’s economy, yet the Scottish government have failed to invest in key transport projects like this junction. For many years now the local community have made the case for a safer junction. The fact that the current junction needs a fifty limit goes to show that it is no longer suitable. Meanwhile the Scottish Government are investing in a new rail link between Edinburgh and Glasgow. It is time they stopped neglecting the North East.”
North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes said: “The Transport Minister is on record stating that a grade separated junction will have to be funded by developers. But a grade separated junction is needed now to address the existing safety issues. Although the 50mph zone has reduced the risk, there still are drivers who do not heed or see the warning signs and drive at 70mph – or more.
“Developers should only have to fund new junctions when their development is the cause of extra traffic which necessitates a flyover or underpass.
“The Scottish Government should accept its responsibilities and commit to a flyover or underpass now. This is not some airy-fairy political argument. It is about people’s lives.”
Stonehaven Councillor, Peter Bellarby, added: “The junction at Laurencekirk is a huge safety concern to the large number of drivers on the A90 and A937 roads, many of whom will be travelling to or from Stonehaven. Action is needed now before there is another serious accident. I fully support the local people in Laurencekirk who have been campaigning for many years for a flyover.”
From: Peter Bellarby