Government assurance on road signage

North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes
North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes

North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes has welcomed assurances by the Scottish Government that it has no plans to implement bilingual road signs on trunk roads in Aberdeenshire.

The confirmation came in a letter to Mrs McInnes from transport minister Derek Mackay.

In the letter, Mr Mackay explained that at the moment: “There are currently no plans to implement bilingual road signs on trunk roads in Aberdeenshire.”

Mr Mackay says it is for councils to decide their own policies on the use of Gaelic on road signs.

Mrs McInnes had written to the minister following controversy in the area where the local authority is drawing up its Gaelic Language Plan.

This includes the possibility of local road signs being bilingual.

The plan is to be discussed by the full council on Thursday, November 19.

Mrs McInnes said: “It is good news that the government is not going to waste public funds imposing Gaelic on North-east road signs when by and large this is not an area where Gaelic was widely spoken.

“A good case can be made in the Western Isles and part of the Highlands.

“All it would do here is cause confusion.”

The council’s policy and resources committee voted against Gaelic road signs.

Councillors had been given three options on the potential introduction of the language on signs on the region’s roads.