Access to Laurencekirk consultation event to take place in January

Stuart Smith 2014, News

North-east residents, commuters and businesses are invited to have their say on findings to date from the Access to Laurencekirk study at a consultation event in the new year. The event will be held from 2pm to 8pm on 21st January 2015 at the Dickson Memorial Hall, Station Road, Laurencekirk.

This is the next step of a consultation process following a study commissioned in December 2013 by Nestrans in partnership with Transport Scotland, Tactran, Aberdeenshire and Angus Councils.

The aim of the study is to develop a preferred solution for access between the A90 Trunk Road and Laurencekirk and Montrose that is cost effective, improves road safety and meets the needs of local businesses and residents while ensuring the efficient operation of Laurencekirk High Street. Option-testing is nearing completion, but feedback on the results will form part of the final appraisal.

Nestrans Chair Councillor Peter Argyle said: “A great deal of work has gone in to this study to identify the best possible solutions for Laurencekirk residents and businesses.

“This study is assisting to clarify the full extent of problems, opportunities, objectives and the best solutions.

“This is the next in a series of stakeholder events held to ensure that all interested parties have an opportunity to share their opinions.

“I would encourage as many people as possible to come along to the event to feed in to the process and help form the final outcome.”

Derek Mackay, Minister for Transport and Islands said “The Scottish Government is committed to working with Nestrans and Aberdeenshire Council to identify a robust solution for access to Laurencekirk as soon as possible.

“The exhibition on 21st January gives local people and road users the opportunity to comment on the emerging findings as we work towards a final design early next year.

“Once the study is completed, a decision will be taken with our partners on a preferred solution that best meets the objectives for improving access to Laurencekirk and north Angus.”

The Access to Laurencekirk Study used the Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance (STAG) and the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB) to inform the process.