Increased safety measures for A947 Banff-Aberdeen route

A SERIES of measures aimed at reducing the number of accidents on one of the North East’s most dangerous roads has been announced.

Aberdeenshire Council, together with other partners from the North East Safety Camera Partnership (NESCAMP) have come together in a bid to make the A947, which runs between Dyce and Banff, safer for all users.

The route has witnessed, on average, more than 3 fatal road collisions each year between 2005 and 2010, which is almost 50% higher than the national average.

Following an in-depth study of the route, additional road signage and new hard standings have begun to be put in place, which will assist speed enforcement by Grampian Police at existing and new locations. The works, which have been funded by NESTRANS, Community Safety Partnership and the Safety Camera Programme, will be complemented by a series of education and encouragement methods.

During the upcoming months the focus will be on the local communities and their ability to alter the behaviour of road users.

The A947 Working Group Spokesperson, Mel Edwards commented: “The A947 is your road, you may use it to commute to work, take your children to school or to visit friends and family – whatever you use it for I would stress the importance of keeping it safe, not only by driving safely yourself but by discouraging others from driving in an unsafe manner.’

Evaluation of driver behaviour will be assisted by the use of new vehicle counters, which not only measure the speed of each vehicle but also the distance between them. They will provide an instant insight into driver behaviour at particular times of the day and days of the week as they use direct ‘dial-in’ technology.

The ongoing signage and hard standing work is due for completion by the end of March.