News that the Scottish Government will invest millions for a flyover at the notorious Laurencekirk junction was met with delight in the community.
And now politicians are pressing the Government for a speedy start on development.
The Scottish Government announced a host of funding in the North-east last Thursday, including £24 million towards a flyover where the A90 meets the A937 Montrose to Marykirk road.
A further £200 million will meet its promise to reduce rail travel times from Aberdeen to the Central Belt by 20 minutes, which includes a single-track railway line outside Montrose being replaced with a dual line.
Scottish Liberal Democrats have welcomed the announcement of funding for a flyover at Laurencekirk and are urging the Government to start the work at top speed.
Alison McInnes MSP, who represents North East Scotland, said: “The flyover will save lives at a very dangerous junction on the A90.
‘‘The government has listened to our concerted campaigning.
“Well done to Jill Fotheringham, councillors and all the local campaigners.
“We will be urging the minister to press on as quickly as possible. The 50mph zone which was put in place by Liberal Democrat ministers as a temporary measure has helped save lives but despite the many warning signs too many drivers still speed through at 70mph and more.”
Cllr David May said: “After over nine years of talk but little action I am absolutely delighted to hear the announcement of funding, but I call on the minister to publish the plan of action and timescales as we need to know when the work will be started and when he expects it to be completed.”
Campaigners have been fighting for more than 10 years for a grade-separated junction to connect the A937 to the A90.
The campaign has been led by Montrose woman Jill Fotheringham.
Last year, the Scottish Government’s roads body for Aberdeenshire, Nestrans, declared a flyover as its preferred option for improving the junction.
In the next five to 10 years, a one-and-a-half mile section of single line railway track between Usan and the South Esk viaduct at Montrose Basin will be dualled.
Currently, at certain times, trains have to slow down and wait for others to pass.
Cllr Bill Duff said: “As an unexpected bonus we will see the Ferryden/Usan cutting dualled to increase train capacity on the key North East main line.
“This announcement will remove the planning blight that threatened to prevent local industrial developments, such as a new business park for Montrose and significant house building at the former Sunnyside Hospital.”