Public meetings held on A90 dualling

A number of public meetings on the dualling of the A90 have been held in Peterhead.

The public events - one of which was held in the town’s Community Centre - allowed members of the public to share their views and put their questions to councillors and officials from Transport Scotland.

Front (L-R): Councillor Gillian Owen (centre) with David Torrance and Alison Irvine from Transport Scotland; Back (L-R): Councillors Alan Gardiner, Tom Malone and Norman Smith.

Front (L-R): Councillor Gillian Owen (centre) with David Torrance and Alison Irvine from Transport Scotland; Back (L-R): Councillors Alan Gardiner, Tom Malone and Norman Smith.

The meetings were chaired by Ellon and District councillor Gillian Owen and attended by David Torrance and Alison Irvine from Transport Scotland.

Peterhead councillors Alan Gardiner and Tom Malone, and Central Buchan councillor Norman Smith also were in attendance.

During the question and answer session at the Peterhead Community Centre, members of the public raised a wide range of transport issues relating to the A90.

These included the volume of lorries on the road; cars racing to Aberdeen in the early mornings; and a recent accident at the Cruden Bay turn-off. Historic under-investment in the North-east’s roads was another key issue highlighted at the meeting.

David Torrance from Transport Scotland said the NESTRANS study - whose report is due out early next year - is looking at all modes of transport and at the problems facing commuters with a view to finding solutions.

Meanwhile, Alison Irvine said Transport Scotland was doing its best in terms of setting priorities, and that people’s voices were being heard.

Cllr Gillian Owen, who has spearheaded the ‘Why Stop at Ellon?’ campaign, said local communities seem to have been poorly served by our infrastructure but that she was pleased to see Transport Scotland officials visiting the North-east.

Councillor Tom Malone added his support for a dual carriageway from Aberdeen to Peterhead, while Councillor Alan Gardiner said the dualling was imperative for potential business now and in the future.

Commenting after the meeting, Councillor Gardiner said: “This is the first meeting we’ve had. We had a meeting with the Transport Scotland people and it went very well.

“We drove down to Peterhead and they saw first hand what the traffic was like.

“We’re struggling with the roads infrastructure just now, never mind in the future - so we need to build as strong a community, commuter and business case as possible.

“I encourage people to have a look at the ‘Why Stop at Ellon?’ campaign page.”