MSP hits back at Tory 'snub' claims

Aberdeenshire East MSPGillianMartin
Aberdeenshire East MSPGillianMartin

Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin has fought back after a North East MSP said she had 'snubbed' road danger concerns of her constituents.

Tarves Community Council fear a major accident will be caused on the A947 as frustrated motorists pass lorries stuck at 40mph.

They asked Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin to investigate whether a 50mph limit, which is the rule in England and Wales, could be brought in.

North East region Scottish Conservative MSP Peter Chapman had claimed Ms Martin had 'ignored' her constituents.

Mr Chapman, Alexander Burnett, Liam Kerr, Tom Mason and Bill Bowman had cosigned a letter to Michael Matheson regarding the enquiry.

However commenting on Mr Chapman's claims, Ms Martin said: "Tarves Community Council contacted me regarding their concerns which I was keen to assist them with.

"After writing to the then Transport Minister Humza Yousaf my office received a reply which was sent on to them on June 19th. In the letter, Mr Yousaf described how increase in speed limit had direct correlation to increase in road accidents. It was made clear, that at this time, it is not being considered.

"Reviews of the 50mph speed limit along the A9 will be reviewed over time and assessed with other infrastructure in mind.

"I also reiterated to Tarves Community Council if they had any further concerns to contact my office. This accusation by the Tories is completely untrue and yet again they are spreading false information.”