Anger at Laurencekirk junction plans going back to drawing board

Pictured are A937/A90 Junction Campaigners from the left: Jackie Noble, chairwoman Jill Fotheringham, Karen Ogilvie and Andrew Ogilvie
Pictured are A937/A90 Junction Campaigners from the left: Jackie Noble, chairwoman Jill Fotheringham, Karen Ogilvie and Andrew Ogilvie

A local activist who has been campaigning for a flyover at the A90 Laurencekirk junction for more than a decade is “angry” existing plans are being binned in favour of a new design.

In January, the Scottish Government announced it was investing £24 million for the design and construction of a new grade-separated junction at Laurencekirk.

Last week, Transport Scotland announced its intention to award the contract for the next phases of design for the junction upgrade to Amey.

The award will see Amey undertake route option assessment work and develop a preferred junction option, leading to the preparation of draft road orders.

Jill Fotheringham, a florist from Montrose, who has been spearheading the campaign for a flyover at the junction since 2004, has mixed feelings about the news.

She said: “While I’m really pleased that there is, finally, progress and we will have a flyover at the junction, I’m also angry that this whole process is going to take so long.

“They have spent hundreds of thousands of pounds over the last 12 years on reports and plans when they had no intention of upgrading.

“Now they have realised the work needs to be done, they throw all previous plans to the side and start from scratch. We saw plans from CH2M HILL years ago. We were given choices of what we would like to see done.

“The plans are there, I don’t understand why they can’t be used. The next year will see new plans drawn and we will all see various options again. This seems like a huge waste of taxpayers’ money to me.

“We are still talking at least three years before the flyover is in place.

“My biggest concern is that new developments in Laurencekirk and Montrose will go ahead and be in place before the junction is upgraded and that will be disastrous for the area.

“I have talked with Transport Scotland and have been assured that they are committed to the project, but I feel that time and money are being wasted going through the whole planning process from scratch.

“The junction should have been upgraded years ago. We shouldn’t have had to wait this long.”