MP calls for A90 safety measures
Urgent calls have been made for street lighting and footpaths to be installed along a new stretch of the AWPR to allow locals to safely catch a bus.
Residents at Bridgend, Fornety and Tarty have always had to walk across the main A90 Aberdeen to Ellon road to reach the Tipperty stop, but since the new dual carriageway and slips roads have been introduced they face a 45-minute trek with faster traffic zooming past them.
Now Gordon MP Colin Clark has called for Transport Scotland to instal street lights to heighten driver awareness and allow residents to safely cross the road.
Aberdeenshire Council, urged bus users to travel to Ellon and switch there rather than attempt to cross the A90.
Mother-of-two Kelly Mann said she now drives her son to school because it’s “not safe to cross that main road” and feels the community has been “forgotten about”.
The 40-year-old, from Bridgend, said: “The road is a hazard – and it’s going to get worse, cars will just be going much faster once the two lanes are opened up.
“The road is a hazard and it’s going to get worse”
The stated headline ambition for Europe’s biggest ongoing road project is clear: to “significantly improve travel in north-east Scotland”.
As some sections of the AWPR finally begin to open, motorists are starting to see just how that may be the case for them.
Long, open stretches of smooth new carriageway promise a great relief for those used to being stuck in Aberdeen’s notorious jams.
It would be a crying shame however if those benefits were gained in any way at the expense of worsening others’ safety or convenience.
Should cutting the time spent in a warm and comfortable car mean children and older people face a 45-minute walk or a dash across a busy road in the depth of winter?
The only reasonable answer is no.
When promoting the bypass, road chiefs promised public transport “will also become more attractive” as a reduction in city traffic improves reliability and punctuality.
That would be a welcome bonus for anyone forced to rely, for any number of reasons, on the system to get them around – but little comfort to anyone no longer able to get to a bus stop to catch one in the first place.
A project of this size will always throw up individual quirks. It is the responsibility of all concerned to iron them out and make sure no one is left stranded.
“It would be a crying shame if the benefits were gained in any way at the expense of others”