Pe­ti­tion bid to stop junc­tion traf­fic is­sues

Evening Express (City Final) - - News - By Adele Mer­son

A PE­TI­TION has been launched call­ing for ac­tion to be taken to stop a new by­pass junc­tion turn­ing into a “traf­fic blackspot”.

Com­muters have faced long queues in re­cent weeks af­ter tem­po­rary lights were in­stalled at the junc­tion of the A93 North Dee­side Road and Mill­tim­ber Brae.

Cul­ter Com­mu­nity Coun­cil has set up the pe­ti­tion, call­ing on Trans­port Scot­land to pro­vide a round­about at the junc­tion in­stead of planned per­ma­nent lights.

In a state­ment, the group said: “Can we make it clear that the pe­ti­tion is not about the cur­rent road­works and de­lays but that our con­cern is that the per­ma­nent junc­tion will cre­ate a traf­fic blackspot.

“With per­ma­nent traf­fic lights in­stead of a round­about we fore­see sig­nif­i­cant de­lays, es­pe­cially as the fil­ter lanes are too short to pre­vent tail­backs.

“A tem­po­rary round­about has been ex­tremely ef­fec­tive at main­tain­ing flow of traf­fic thus far.”

Coun­cil­lor Tauqeer Ma­lik, who rep­re­sents the area, said: “I’m very un­happy about this sit­u­a­tion and it’s not ac­cept­able at all.

“Some­times in the morn­ing it can av­er­age about 30 to 40 minutes to get past the junc­tion.”

A Trans­port Scot­land spokesman said: “We would like to apol­o­gise for any in­con­ve­nience caused by these crit­i­cal works in Mill­tim­ber. The con­trac­tor will en­deav­our to com­plete the works at the ear­li­est op­por­tu­nity and in the mean­time we ask that road users al­low additional time for their jour­neys.

“The con­trac­tor is work­ing with Aberdeen City Coun­cil to de­velop an in­terim solution which will re­duce con­ges­tion in Mill­tim­ber where pos­si­ble.”

In a bid to ease con­ges­tion, the south­bound lane of the new AWPR link road is tem­po­rar­ily closed. This is to al­low traf­fic from the north­bound B979 Mill­tim­ber Brae to make a right turn onto the A93 North Dee­side Road with­out hav­ing to give way to south­bound traf­fic.

An Aberdeen City Coun­cil spokes­woman said: “We have pro­vided op­tions to the AWPR team and are wait­ing for them to com­ment fur­ther.”

route wor­ries: Traf­fic on the B979 Mill­tim­ber Brae has been hit by de­lays.

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