MSP won’t let go of A90 safety

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ANGUS North and Mearns MSP Nigel Don continues his campaign at Holyrood’s Public Petitions Committee for major safety improvements at the Marykirk/Laurencekirk junction on the A90.

Last Tuesday Mr Don asked the committee not to shut down discussion of Petition PE1236, submitted in 2009 by campaigner Jill Fotheringham.

He then submitted a traffic survey by local campaign group Villages in Control, which details heavy traffic movements across the A90, including 22 buses carrying children daily, 222 crossings by buses altogether and 38 local lorry movements each day, in addition to trunk road traffic.

North East List member Mark McDonald told the committee that only good fortune had prevented further bad accidents, and he criticised the often ignored 50 mph speed limit section which, he said, made it difficult for drivers crossing the A90 to judge the speed of oncoming traffic. Other MSPs supported.

Mr Don described meetings with Aberdeenshire and Angus Councils and said they are in agreement that action is required. He noted that both councils took the view that this is a trunk road and therefore the responsibility of Transport Scotland.

Mr Don also told the Committee that Transport Scotland had accepted that the junction required upgrading, but there is a matter of priorities and he said the question was how to find the money before a major accident occurred.