Feedback invited for Access to Laurencekirk study

Stuart Smith 2015, News

Nestrans is inviting interested parties to have their say on access issues to Laurencekirk. The event is being held from 2pm to 8pm today [21 January] 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, Aberdeenshire Council and Tactran.

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. Information will be displayed on the work undertaken to date and comments on the potential options is welcomed.  This feedback will form part of the appraisal.

Nestrans, Chair Councillor Ramsay Milne said: “I would urge as many people as possible to come along to Dickson Memorial Hall, examine the options and put forward their views.

“A great deal of work has gone in to this study to identify the best possible solutions for Laurencekirk residents, businesses and all other stakeholders.

“This event will help clarify problems, opportunities, objectives and identify the best solutions.”

Derek Mackay, Minister for Transport and Islands said:

“The Scottish Government continues to work with our partners in Nestrans and Aberdeenshire Council to identify a robust solution for access to Laurencekirk.

“I welcome the fact that we are now in a position to let local people, businesses and road users see the various options being developed for improving access to Laurencekirk and north Angus.

“I hope everyone with an interest takes the opportunity to comment on the proposals and we expect to have agreed a preferred solution later in the spring.”

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.

 

From January 22 there will be further opportunity comment online via http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/transportation/TransportationStudies.asp

The website will contain all the information displayed at the event and there will be the opportunity to comment until 28 February 2015.

All feedback will be taken into account as part of the Access to Laurencekirk study.  This will inform the decision about which improvements will be taken forward to the next stage of assessment in spring 2015.

Feedback can also be given via – accesstolaurencekirk@ch2m.com

or by post to –

Consultation Manager, Access to Laurencekirk, CH2M HILL, City Park, 368 Alexandra Parade, Glasgow, G31 3AU.