“Major developments at Montrose Port could mean many more HGVs crossing the A90 at Laurencekirk,” Nigel Don, MSP for Angus North & Mearns, has told the Scottish Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee.
And the committee agreed last week to keep the A90 petition ‘open’.
Mr Don says that the development of Montrose as a centre for renewables and the expansion at Angus Cereals is likely to generate much more traffic. He has written to Transport Scotland to ask what analysis they have done of the recently published South Montrose Draft Development Masterplan.
The MSP added: “The Draft Plan proposes £21.7 million of new infrastructure developments, 200 jobs and added value of £315 million for the Montrose economy. There is the expansion of the grain dryer which is served exclusively by bulk lorry and can handle 300 tonnes of grain per hour, and of course GSK has been investing. All of this is very welcome, but while Montrose has good links by rail and sea, roads to the town are single carriageways not well suited to high volumes of HGVs. One of the important inland routes is the A937 via Marykirk, crossing the A90 at Laurencekirk.”
And Montrose councillor David May has been campaigning for a grade-separated junction for a number of years.
He told us: “There is an ever-greater need for the grade-separated junction because as well as the major industrial boost that we are seeing, and hope to see even more of as a result of the South Montrose Plan, more than 300 houses are proposed for the Royal Sunnyside site, and houses are planned in Aberdeenshire, too.
“As a result there will be a massive increase in the number of private cars using the A90/A937 junction, as well as articulated lorries and other commercial vehicles.”
Councillor May is concerned that Transport Scotland has not taken all this new information on board. He explained: “I had a correspondence with Transport Minister Keith Brown, in which it became clear that there are no plans now, nor for the next 20 years, to provide a grade separated junction.
“The whole of Angus will benefit from what is happening, and I am going to write again to the Transport Minister, as well as Mr Don and long-term campaigner Jill Fotheringham, to make sure we continue working together.
“Are we going to have to wait for another fatality before action is taken? Surely not.”