Case for Laurencekirk Junction Improvements taken to Holyrood

Stuart Smith2013, News

Aberdeenshire Council and Nestrans, the north-east’s Regional Transport Partnership, will today (Wednesday, March 20) present the case for safety improvements at a busy north-east junction to the Scottish Parliament.

Holyrood’s Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee is currently examining the need for a flyover at Laurencekirk where the A937 crosses the A90.

Nestrans director Derick Murray and Ewan Wallace, head of transportation at Aberdeenshire Council, will meet with committee members to outline the case for the creation of a grade separated junction on the busy trunk road.

It follows a recent Nestrans report which showed previous predictions for future traffic levels in the Laurencekirk area had been significantly underestimated.

Taking into account the scale of additional traffic that may result from the housing and employment allocations within the adopted Aberdeenshire Council Local Development Plan, as well as from potential development in the Angus area, Nestrans believe this presents a strengthened case for a permanent improvement at the junction.

“This is a junction currently utilised by a range of users including haulage firms, tractors, school buses and car drivers who have to cross two busy lanes of the A90 to access the southbound carriageway,” said Mr Murray.

“While subject to a 50mph speed restriction, this is a temporary measure rather than a long-term solution. A grade separated junction would maintain access to the A90 and address all current traffic issues at this location which has been the subject of an ongoing campaign for funding for more than a decade.

“Planned housing development for the area is centred on the north side of Laurencekirk which is served by an existing junction at the northbound carriageway. As a trunk road, the funding of a flyover is the responsibility of Transport Scotland and we will be lobbying hard to have this matter taken forward as a priority.”