Letter to Transport Minister shared

Jill Fotheringham, from Montrose, heads a campaign to put a flyover on the A90 at an accident blackspot, just by Laurencekirk

Jill Fotheringham, from Montrose, heads a campaign to put a flyover on the A90 at an accident blackspot, just by Laurencekirk

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Laurencekirk junction campaigner, Jill Fotheringham, has shared a copy of a letter she sent to the Minister for Transport and Islands.

In the letter to Derek Mackay, on the A937/A90 Junction Campaign Facebook page, Ms Fotheringham requests a meeting to discuss the survey put together by CH2M HILL, the results of which were due to be delivered to Transport Scotland by the end of this month.

She further requested that the meeting take place before any decision was made and volunteered to make the trip to Edinburgh to facilitate matters.

The Access to Laurencekirk exhibition, held on Wednesday, January 21, provided an opportunity to examine the various proposal packages and representatives of engineering consultants CH2M HILL and Transport Scotland were there to discuss matters with the public.

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

Prior to the exhibition, Mr Mackay was quoted as saying: “The Scottish Government is committed to working with Nestrans and Aberdeenshire Council to identify a robust solution for access to Laurencekirk as soon as possible.

‘‘Once the study is completed, early next year, a decision will be taken with our partners on a preferred solution that best meets the objectives for improving access to Laurencekirk and North Angus.”

After sending her email on Sunday, Ms Fotheringham has received a reply from the Ministerial Correspondence Unit which states that: “Ministers’ diaries are always very busy, but your kind invitation will receive careful consideration.”

Since she started campaigning in 2004, Mr Mackay is the fifth Transport Minister Jill Fotheringham has dealt with and she told the Observer: “We deserve to know what the recommendations of the study have been.”

While not surprised by the response she has received, Ms Fotheringham said: “I’m hoping he will make the time to listen to our concerns.”