MP calls for A90 safety mea­sures

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - LOCAL NEWS -

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”

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