Campaigners to protest Holyrood

Campaigners are to protest in Edinburgh to get a flyover on notorious junction
Campaigners are to protest in Edinburgh to get a flyover on notorious junction

Campaigners trying to a get a fly-over at the notorious Laurencekirk junction will be protesting outside the Scottish Parliament headquarters.

Around 20 people from Montrose, Laurencekirk and Brechin will be heading to Edinburgh to protest outside the Holyrood Building to bring to the attention of the country’s politicians the dangers of the junction where the A937 Montrose road meets the A90.

Jill Fotheringham, from Montrose, has been campaigning for 10 years to get a fly-over at the junction, which is used by many commuters from the Montrose and the surrounding area every day.

She has organised the protest next Thursday (April 24).

She said: “It will show the government that we are not going away.

“We keep getting fobbed off. I keep seeing projects in other areas that Transport Scotland has done, and I’m not saying that they’re not worthwhile, but something at the Laurencekirk junction is so desperately needed.

“Transport Scotland keep saying there isn’t a need for a fly-over but its clear to everyone in the area who uses the junction how bad it is. It’s frightening crossing it and only a matter of time before there is another accident.

“Laurencekirk and Montrose are growing and it is going to have an effect on an already saturated junction.”

Nicolls Coaches have donated a coach to take the group to Edinburgh.

Engineering consultants CH2M HILL have been carrying out analysis as part of their Access to Laurencekirk Study which aims identify a preferred solution to the access between the A90 and Laurncekirk.

Jill continued: “Hopefully the survey will come back in our favour. We’ve been in this position before and had surveys and accident reports. My worry is it will be ignored again.”