Demand for a flyover at Laurencekirk ‘increasing’

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An open meeting about the Laurencekirk flyover campaign has heard how traffic from Montrose is being ‘ignored’ by Transport Scotland.

The meeting, held by the Angus and Mearns Lib Dems, heard from campaigner Jill Fotheringham that three separate petitions had all gained thousands of signatures.

She said: “The first petition attracted over 7000 signatures, the second led to over 8000 and, more recently started in the last few months, the on-line petition on facebook has almost 3500 so it is clear that the demand for action on a flyover is increasing.

“The bulk of the traffic comes from Angus although this has not been acknowledged by Transport Scotland. In the last few years, all that has been done is improved lighting and signage which does not resolve the safety problems.”

Montrose councillor David May commented: “The evidence is there that the vast majority of traffic crossing the junction comes from Angus.

‘‘Every day, thousands of cars as well as hauliers use the junction.

“Despite what the transport authorities recommend - that the traffic from Arbroath and Montrose going north should use the A92 coast road, or coming through Brechin should use the junction between the B966/A90 - it is clear that this does not happen and they use the A937 to move north across the A90.

‘‘The Transport Minister must take action now before another tragedy occurs.”