Study backs upgrade

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A NEW report provides “solid, significant new evidence” to support a new fly-over on the A90 at Marykirk, according to local MSP Nigel Don.

Mr Don now intends to write to Transport Minister Keith Brown to press for an urgent re-examination of the case for a safer crossing following publication of the joint study by the Aberdeen City and Shire Transport Partnership (NESTRANS). The group carried out an expert review of previous studies and found that already there are two-way flows of more than 3,000 vehicles a day on the minor roads at both the north and south junctions.

Mr Don said:“To anyone who crosses the busy A90, it is perfectly obvious that the current junction is unsafe and requires upgrading but the official figures used by Transport Scotland did not appear to reflect the true situation.”

NESTRANS also pointed out that the village of Laurencekirk is zoned to double in size by 2023 and that there would be significant increases in the population at other locations such as Edzell, Brechin and Montrose, all of which would generate more traffic. It was also noted that estimates of traffic to be generated by sites zoned for new industrial development appear “vastly underestimated”, around 10 times lower than they should be, and that the new Mearns Academy will have flexibility to expand to 840 pupils, 200 more than the current roll, generating more traffic movements.