Nestrans commission study for access to Laurencekirk

Stuart Smith2013, News

The north-east of Scotland Transport Partnership, Nestrans have appointed a company to study the preferred solution for access to Laurencekirk. After a competitive tender process the ‘Access to Laurencekirk Study’ contract has been awarded to CH2M HILL.

Derick Murray, Nestrans Director said, “The study has been commissioned to identify a preferred solution for access between the A90 Trunk Road and Laurencekirk, whilst ensuring it improves road safety and is cost effective. The study will also ensure the efficient operation of Laurencekirk High Street and meet the needs of local businesses and residents.”

The study is being undertaken in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council and Transport Scotland. Welcoming the announcement Stephen Archer, Director of Infrastructure Services at Aberdeenshire Council said, “We are pleased that this important project is progressing, we are sure many people will be keen to see the proposed solution. The study will allow options to be thoroughly investigated to ensure the best solution is identified.”

£100,000 of funding for the study has been provided by Transport Scotland.  The Minister for Transport and Veterans Keith Brown said, “The Scottish Government is committed to working with Nestrans and Aberdeenshire Council to improve the A90 at Laurencekirk. The appointment of consultants to take forward the appraisal and design works, which we are part-funding, is an important milestone in that work and will help determine a robust case for a preferred option for accessing Laurencekirk.”

The study will consider the current conditions, future traffic growth on the A90 from potential development within Laurencekirk and the impacts on the surrounding areas. To ensure a robust evidence base for any preferred solution, the study will utilise the Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance (STAG) and the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB). This will assist in clarifying the full extent of problems that have to be resolved, opportunities that exist, the objectives that have to be achieved and the best solutions for completing them.