Drivers views sought on A947

Road users views are sought on plans for the A947 Banff-Aberdeen Road
Road users views are sought on plans for the A947 Banff-Aberdeen Road

Road users are being asked for their views as part of long-term improvement plans for a major North-east route.

Aberdeenshire Council is working on a Route Improvement Strategy to shape how the A947 Banff-Aberdeen road is developed over the next 20 years.

At around 40 miles long, the route plays a vital role in connecting communities including Turriff, Oldmeldrum and Newmachar and is an economic artery for business and industry located in north Aberdeenshire.

In response to road safety concerns, it has recently been the subject of various studies which resulted in engineering improvements and increased speed enforcement.

While work on local engineering interventions and enforcement will continue to help reduce accident rates, a longer term strategy is being developed.

An online survey has now been launched targeted at motorists using the A947 and wider communities along the route.

Survey forms are also available to complete at a number of council offices, community centres and libraries along the route.

The survey has been designed to understand existing concerns about the route and determine improvements users would like to see over the long term.

It is part of a wider consultation and engagement programme planned along the route.

The A947 passes through three of Aberdeenshire Council’s six administrative areas - Garioch, Formartine and Banff and Buchan.

Commenting on the survey, chairman of the Formartine Area Committee, Rob Merson, said: “The development of this strategy will increase understanding of the A947 and how its role may change in the future after the completion of wider infrastructure projects.”

Chairman of the Garioch Area Committee, Fergus Hood, said: “While it may not be a trunk road, the A947 plays a strategic role in Aberdeenshire’s transport network, connecting thousands of residents with jobs and other opportunities.

“It is vital that the benefits of wider investment are realised for communities along the route through a fit-for-purpose A947.”

The closing date for responses is Monday, September 7 and the online survey can be accessed via the website: