Public input sought for A947 plans

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NORTH-EAST residents and commuters are being invited to two meetings to scrutinise improvements to one of the north-east’s most dangerous roads.

Aberdeenshire Council announced the meetings - to be held at Meldrum Academy and Banff Academy respectively - in order to get public feedback for the proposals for the A947 between Dyce and Banff. The road is notorious for its high number of accidents, and the council and its partners hope that the proposals will help reduce casualty numbers.

Fatal accident statistics on the A947 road are 50% higher than the national average. The number of accidents linked to bends on the A947 were found to be 250% higher than national statistics.

A total of 19 speed camera sites along the A947 road have been identified and are now all in place, to be used by mobile NESCAMP speed camera vans regularly and randomly. There is also a more visible police presence, and signage has been improved to provide more consistent road safety and speed messages at regular intervals.

The first public meeting will be held at Meldrum Academy on Wednesday, November 28 from 7.30pm – 9pm. A second session will be held at Banff Academy on Monday, December 10 from 7.30pm – 9pm. Visitors will be able to get information on future plans for the route. The next step in the project is an examination of the bends along the A947, with further signage improvements.