Renewed call for A90 improvements

A FURTHER demand for a Scottish Government commitment to grade-separation at the Marykirk/Laurencekirk junction on the A90 dual carriageway has been made by North East Liberal Democrats.

Regional MSP Alison McInnes this week said the project could be included in the allocation of an extra £394 million from the UK Government over the next two years, announced in the Chancellor’s autumn statement.

She said: “Yet the SNP will still not honour their 2011 election campaign promise and act on making the Laurencekirk junction on the A90 safer.

“I have repeatedly challenged the transport minister over whether the government will commit to building a flyover or underpass at this accident blackspot.

“The junction has seen many fatal and serious accidents in the last decade. Even one is too many. The government must take whatever action is necessary to make this junction safe. The funding is there.”

Montrose councillor David May, who has backed local woman Jill Fotheringham’s eight-year campaign to improve the junction, said it is clear to everyone who uses it that action has to be taken.

He said: “The need for a flyover has been made time and time again. I have invited both the previous and present transport minster to come to the junction at 7.15am any day of the working week to see for himself but so far have yet to get a reply.

“It really does beggar belief that the junction is not in the SNP’s 20-year transport plan. The SNP has been in power for more than six years so there is no one else to blame for the lack of action.

“Westminster has now provided extra funds for infrastructure projects. Like thousands of others in Angus I am getting fed up with the warm words of support from the SNP. We need action now before there are more accidents.

“I have asked the convener of Angus Council’s infrastructure services committee to urge action now from the transport minister.”

The North East transport partnership Nestrans also backs the campaign and its chairman, Liberal Democrat Councillor Peter Argyle, said that if a flyover “could be built for a garden centre between Dundee and Perth on the A90 then surely Laurencekirk has a very strong case.”

Mr Argyle, who is also chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s infrastructure services committee, said: “The Scottish Government has recently announced plans for A9 dualling between Perth and Inverness which have included grade separated junctions throughout. If they can do that on the A9 they can do it on the A90.”

Mrs McInnes added that she will again write to transport minister Keith Brown to press the case for grade separation.

She added: “Surely the government will see sense and include major improvements at Laurencekirk.”