Good things to come from Hall packages?

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The Access to Laurencekirk exhibition, held on Wednesday, January 21, saw a steady stream of interested visitors to the Dickson Hall.

Local residents, and other interested parties, took the opportunity to examine the various proposal packages, laid out during the six hours the event was open.

Representatives of engineering consultants CH2M HILL and Transport Scotland were there to discuss matters with the public, on an informal and individual basis.

In addition, brochures were handed out, along with feedback forms to be completed by the attendees.

Fiona Docherty, senior transport planner with Transport Scotland, said: “I would say this consultation event has been better attended than the one a year ago.”

Asked if any of the package options on display were emerging as a favourite, Fiona said: “From the discussions I’ve had with people, I’d say it’s about 50-50 between having one grade separated junction at the South end and the more expensive option of two such junctions both North and South.”

Fiona went on to say that when the results of the consultation are finalised, some time in March, Transport Scotland would pass the preferred decision ‘up the chain’ for the final decision to be made.

All the information presented at the exhibition is available on the Aberdeenshire Council website.

n Access it at www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/transportation/TransportationStudies.asp and feedback input can be sent to accesstolaurencekirk@ch2m.com

Options on the table for Access to Laurencekirk

Package one - Average speed cameras on the existing 50mph section of the A90 and extend 50mph zone to cover the centre and north junctions. (This package did not fully address the study objectives and was rejected for further assessment.)

Package two - A grade separated junction at the south of Laurencekirk

n Package three - A grade separated junction at the south of Laurencekirk and closure of the central reserve at the north junction.

Package four - A grade separated junction at the south of Laurencekirk, closure of the centre junction and provision of A937-B9120 link road.

Package five - A grade separated junction at the south of Laurencekirk, closure of the central reserve at the north junction, closure of the centre junction and provisions of A937-B9120 link road.

Package six - Grade separated junctions at the south and north of Laurencekirk

Package seven - Grade separated junctions at the north and south of Laurencekirk, part closure of the centre junction, leaving left in/out from B9120.