Public positive about spine road in Montrose

Alex and Evelyn Mouat pictured talking with Jamie Melvin from Angus Council's Roads Business Unit at the public consultation day at the George Hotel
Alex and Evelyn Mouat pictured talking with Jamie Melvin from Angus Council's Roads Business Unit at the public consultation day at the George Hotel

The response from Montrosians following an open meeting about the Spine Road has been positive say Angus Council officials.

People had their chance to see how the road will affect the town and ask questions at a public consultation held in the George Hotel on Wednesday.

A spokesperson for the local authority told the Review that the response from members of the public during the information day was “positive” with only a few minor issues, such as on street parking, arising.

Work on the first phase of the road on Ferry Road and Barrack Road started in October, 2014, and is set to continue until April.

The second phase of the road will see a major road realignment at Wharf Street, River Street, Mill Lane and Ferry Street, as well as a new section of road leading to Caledonia Street, demolition works, roads and footpaths resurfacing, street lighting and landscaping.

Angus Council is still undergoing discussions with businesses whose premises are in the route of the new road. Once a ‘mutual’ agreement is reached, the authority says work on the second section of the spine road will start.

Mark McGee, economic development officer for Angus Council, told us: “The area was run down and derelict. The road is going to bring businesses, people and investors. We feel it will benefit Montrose and Angus.”

He explained that the project is set to bring 300 jobs and £94 million into the town.

“That is only going to have a knock-on effect in Montrose as people will be using the shops and local businesses,” said Mr McGee.

Jamie Melvin, design engineer, said: “The spine road is going to take industrial traffic away from resident homes and schools. The new route will be a smoother run, meaning less pollution and traffic in the area.”

Traffic calming measures are being put in to ensure the road is not used as a ‘rat run’.

Already, Certex has moved in new 30,000 sq ft premises in the area and Montrose Port opened a new £6 million quay last year.

The spine road will improve access to the port.

As well as Angus Council, Scottish Enterprise has also invested in the project.