Bend problem straightened out

The bend before as work started in October 2014
The bend before as work started in October 2014

Work on realigning a bad bend on the Montrose to Brechin road to make it safer for traffic has now been completed.

The realignment of the chicane at the Mill of Dun bend on the A935, which was meant to be carried out in 2012 as part of a three-phase £1.7 million project by Angus Council to improve the road, has finally been finished.

The new layout of the road

The new layout of the road

This has brought the long saga between National Trust for Scotland (NTS) and Angus Council over land rights to an end.

Negotiations had been on-going between NTS, who owned the site, and the council for two years as the land was inalienable, which means the ownership is not transferable to others.

Angus Council and NTS finally reached an agreement in Autumn last year and work began shortly after in October.

The work has now been completed with the severity of the Z-bend being reduced.

Montrose Councillor Bill Duff said: “It’s good to see the final piece of work completed on the Montrose/Brechin Road with the Mill of Dun chicane being replaced with a new straight piece of road.

“This is the third change to the road under the Council’s Route Action Plan.

“This part of the job was much delayed due to legal issues but it’s nice to see it finally complete.

“With the pressure on council’s budgets, this is probably the last road improvement we are likely to see for quite some time.”

In October last year, a local school bus operator, James Kennedy-Pratt, who runs Jamies Transport Services based at Broomfield Industrial Estate in Montrose, had his contract terminated by Angus Council, when he told them he was not prepared to stop for an additional pupil at the Z-bend, believing it to be too risky to both his passengers and other road-users.

The first phase of Angus Council’s realignment of bends on the A935 was at West Broomley, which was completed in February 2012, and the second stage at Balwyllo was finished in May of that 
year. The third and final phase was for the realignment of the double bends at Mill of Dun.

The cottage on the corner of the chicane had been demolished in 2012 and the work was meant start in the late summer or early autumn of that year.