Review of speed issues on Ellon bypass

Councillor Gillian Owen has welcomed the latest moves to address speeding on the A948.
Councillor Gillian Owen has welcomed the latest moves to address speeding on the A948.

An Ellon councillor has welcomed new moves to assess the speed limit on the town’s bypass.

Police and Aberdeenshire Council’s road safety unit are to review speeding issues on the A948 road.

Councillor Gillian Owen has been campaigning to have the 60mph speed limit reduced on the busy route.

Earlier this year, an online petition was launched by local residents concerned about safety with increased traffic in the area.

Councillor Owen said: “I was recently contacted by a local resident who lives near the A948 regarding speeding traffic.

“I immediately wrote to the Police and Council Officers for an update on the road.”

Police checked the latest statistics and found that a number of accidents have occurred, in particular at the Golf Road junction, and confirmed with this new information they would be reviewing that stretch of the road.

Mrs Owen added that Aberdeenshire Council had stated that their road safety unit would look at options to the junction.

She told the Times: “I am naturally delighted that new action will be taken.

“For a long while both the Police and Council Officers had said there were no significant incidents on the road and, therefore, it did not need any special measures.

“It is sad that road traffic incidents are the primary reason for this though.”

The councillor said: “On a number of occasions the Community Council and I have been at one on this crucial issue and have pressed for action, but to no avail.

“The increase in traffic has been as a result of the expanding business park at Balmacassie which is very welcome but perhaps now is the time to take another look to ensure that the safety of those using the bypass is at the forefront, particularly now in view of the new cemetery going up opposite BrewDog.”